SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Indiana State was a definite long shot Sunday at No. 2 Notre Dame.
Without starting point guard Taylor Whitley, the Sycamores never stood a chance.Anna Munn scored 13 points but Indiana State committed 36 turnovers in a 99-34 loss to the Irish on Sunday in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament."We got word late last night that our starting point guard was not going to be available to us today," coach Teri Moren said. "We will learn early this week if she will be back this season. It is too early to tell. There is nothing like putting a freshman (Natasha Zurek) into the starting lineup against a team like this on the road. That was an unfortunate circumstance, but we dealt with it the best we could."Kayla McBride scored 16 points for balanced Notre Dame (2-0), which finished with 25 steals. Skylar Diggins, Devereaux Peters and Markisha Wright had 14 points apiece, and Fraderica Miller and Natalie Novosel each scored 10.Using a technique brought to the squad by Diggins, Notre Dame continuously stole the ball off the dribble."We really work hard on (stealing off the dribble) in practice," coach Muffet McGraw said. "I think Skylar brought that and then we saw how it changed the game. Fraderica had that when she came in and was doing the same thing and I think that Whitney (Holloway) is doing the same thing. She is watching them and learning from them and now she can get up on the ball."Notre Dame used its stellar defense to get off to a quick start for the second consecutive game. The Irish jumped to an 18-0 lead in the first six minutes, forcing eight early turnovers. Deja Mattox converted a layup at the 14:32 mark to get Indiana State (1-1) on the board, but Notre Dame reeled off another nine straight to build a 27-2 advantage at the 12:27 mark.The Irish carried a 58-15 lead into halftime. They forced 21 first-half turnovers while committing only four, and Diggins had 11 points at the break.