VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Natalie Novosel scored 18 points while Natalie Achonwa and Brittany Mallory added 12 apiece to help Notre Dame (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) easily beat Valparaiso 94-43 on Monday night.
Notre Dame (9-3) had 23 steals and led by as many as 50 in the second half.The Irish, who have a tradition of slow starts against the Crusaders, jumped out to a 10-2 lead at the first media timeout and never looked back.They built the lead to 34-11 with 6:45 left in the first half before subbing liberally.Novosel and Mallory had 10 points each at halftime for Notre Dame, which also recorded 14 steals and four blocked shots at the intermission.The second half was more of the same as the Irish built their lead to over 50 with five minutes to go.Stefanie Lang scored 11 points to lead the Crusaders (2-9).