(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

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    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    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

    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

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