SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame's Lindsay Schrader wasted no time getting started after missing all of last season with a knee injury.
Schrader scored the games' first two baskets and finished with 20 points in 17 minutes of play Friday night in leading 24th-ranked Notre Dame to a 98-50 victory over Miami of Ohio in the opening round of the Preseason WNIT."She was fired up, ready to go," coach Muffet McGraw said. "We just were clicking."Schrader said she was just excited to be back on the floor."If I was open I just shot it. That was just it," Schrader said.Schrader, who tore her anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during the first week of practice last year, hit her first six baskets for 12 points and the Irish jumped to a 22-4 lead in the season opener for both teams. She finished 10-of-12 and had three assists and a steal.The RedHawks opened the game 1-of-16 shooting, including three air balls in the first 5 minutes."We were a little tentative and when some of our early shots didn't go in I think we started to question ourselves," Miami coach Maria Fantanarosa said.The Irish extended the lead to 36-8 when Schrader, who was 10-of-12 shooting in 17 minutes of play, stole the ball along the sideline and threw a pass to Ashley Barlow, who scored on a fast-break layup. Barlow, who finished with 19 points, said the Irish wanted to get the big lead early."We didn't want them to think they could play with us," she said.Amanda Jackson scored five points as Miami used a 10-0 run to close to 38-18. But the Irish extended the lead to 38-23 at halftime, with Brittany Mallory making a 3-pointer at the buzzer.The Irish went ahead 71-33 on a basket inside by Schrader, capping a 14-0 run, and continued to pull away throughout the second half.Melissa D'Amico added 11 points for Notre Dame and Melissa Lechlitner had 10, as all 11 Irish players who got in the game scored. The Irish shot 40 percent. Devereaux Peters had five blocked shots and eight rebounds in her first college game for the Irish. Jenna Schone led the RedHawks with 16 points and Courtney Reed had 11 for Miami, which shot 28 percent."I was happy with a lot of things that happened tonight," McGraw said. "I was happy with the way we shared the ball. Defensively we did good things with the man and the zone. Overall just pleased with the whole team's performance."The Irish will host Western Kentucky in a second-round game Tuesday night.