Barlow, Bruszewski help Notre Dame win home opener

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Ashley Barlow scored 19 points and No. 15 Notre Dame's defense forced 31 turnovers in a 96-61 victory over Evansville on Wednesday night.

Becca Bruszewski added a career-high 18 points in the home opener for the Irish (2-0). Ashley Austin, Anaris Sickles and Ashlee Barrett each scored 10 points to lead Evansville (1-1).

Evansville had eight turnovers in the first eight minutes, and Notre Dame used a 15-3 run early in the first half to jump out to a 27-10 lead. The Irish increased their lead to 22 points with 7:20 left in the half following an 11-0 run. The Purple Aces had 16 turnovers in the first half, and Notre Dame increased its 49-31 halftime lead to 30 points with 6:55 to play after a 13-2 run.