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Well-rested BC finds its groove, beats Notre Dame

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- After a long layoff, Boston College
found its game in time for the NCAA Tournament.

Brooke Queenan had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Aja Parham scored
16 and the Eagles beat Notre Dame 78-61 in the first round of the
women's tournament Sunday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Playing for the first time in 17 days, Boston College (20-11)
outrebounded the Irish 42-31, outscored them 29-10 from the free
throw line and held their former Big East rival to 34-percent
shooting. The eighth-seeded Eagles will play top-seeded Ohio State
in the second round of the Albuquerque Regional on Tuesday night.

Freshman guard Lindsay Schrader scored a career-high 29 points
and Megan Duffy added 15 for Notre Dame, which fell to 0-8 at
Mackey Arena.

Boston College dropped its final four games of the regular
season, then lost to Virginia in the first round of the Atlantic
Coast Conference tournament on March 2. The victory Sunday night
was BC's first since Feb. 12 against Miami.

The Eagles also had lost three straight and seven of eight to
Notre Dame (18-12). The last three games had been decided by seven
or fewer points, but this one got out of hand early.

Notre Dame forward Courtney LaVere was hit near her left eye and
went down with 1:02 left in the first half. The team's
third-leading scorer did not return.

Boston College led 37-26 at halftime and held the ninth-seeded
Irish scoreless for almost five minutes to start the second half.
Notre Dame missed its first eight shots after the break.

With 8:56 left, the Eagles were already in the double bonus.
Notre Dame's Crystal Erwin fouled out with 4:59 left, then was
called for a technical while walking toward the bench.

Boston College scored the first six points of the game and led
27-22 before closing the half on a 10-4 run.

The Eagles shot 52 percent in the first half and held the
Fighting Irish to 35 percent. Boston College outrebounded Notre
Dame 24-7 before the break, but the Eagles committed 10 turnovers,
allowing the Irish to stay in the game.

Kathryn Ress scored 11 of her 15 points in the first half and
Kindyll Dorsey added 10 for the Eagles.

Schrader scored 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting in the first
half, but the rest of the team shot 5-for-19.