Scores

Final

(17) Notre Dame 79

(7-3, 1-0 Big East)

Providence 43

(5-6, 0-1 Big East)

    7:00 PM ET, December 8, 2010

    1 2 T
    #17ND 35 4479
    PROV 27 1643

    Top Performers

    Notre Dame: N. Achonwa 13 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Stl

    Providence: M. Hankins 16 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast

    Notre Dame collects easy win in Big East opener over Providence 

    Associated Press

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Despite not feeling well, Natalie Achonwa provided a big lift for Notre Dame.

    Achonwa scored a career-high 13 points off the bench and the No. 18 Irish routed Providence 79-43 on Wednesday in the Big East opener for both teams.

    "She didn't even come to practice and couldn't keep any food down," coach Muffet McGraw said. "She had a rough night. But she said I'll play if you need me and I'm a little weak.

    "She played great. I was really pleased, but I don't think she could have gone too many more minutes."

    Achonwa played nine minutes but was 5 for 6 from the floor and 3 of 4 from the free throw line.

    Mi-Khida Hankins scored 16 points for the Friars (5-6), who were held to 16 points in the second half.

    Notre Dame (7-3) broke the game open when it went on a 16-0 run in the second half, during which the Irish held Providence without a point for 9:11.

    The Irish forced the Friars into seven of their 28 turnovers during that run.

    "I thought our press was good," McGraw said. "I thought we came out and put a little pressure on them.

    "I also thought Devereaux Peters missing most of the first half [because of foul trouble] was a problem for us. But Erica Solomon [11 points, 10 rebounds] had a great game off the bench. She gave us great energy. She gave us rebounding."

    Notre Dame also made a defensive adjustment in the half court that made a difference.

    "We switched up defensively," McGraw said. "We didn't front as much. I thought they were getting inside a little bit more so we played behind in the post.

    "I thought that stopped them a little bit."

    Notre Dame led 35-27 at halftime and after the Friars cut their deficit to seven points (40-33), Natalie Novosel ignited the Irish's 16-0 run.

    The Irish are 19-0 all time against Providence, their longest active winning streak against any Big East opponent.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

    SPONSORED HEADLINES

    ESPNChicago.com 

    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ND
    PROV
    Points 79 43
    FG Made-Attempted 30-60 (.500) 15-49 (.306)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-5 (.400) 1-8 (.125)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-26 (.654) 12-15 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 36 2

    Game Leaders

     
    ND
    PROV
    PointsN. Achonwa 13M. Hankins 16
    ReboundsE. Solomon 10M. Hankins 8
    AssistsD. Peters 4M. Hankins 3
    StealsE. Solomon 5L. Wells 1
    BlocksE. Solomon 2L. Okafor 3

    2010-11 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    » Dec 8, 2010 ND 79, @PROV 43Recap | Box Score