7:00 PM ET, January 23, 2012
Edmund P. Joyce Center, South Bend, Indiana
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame lost the first 20 times it played Tennessee. Now the Irish have carved out a modest but impressive two-game winning streak against the Vols.It wasn't so much how second-ranked Notre Dame won Monday night but how easily the Irish did it, routing the Vols 72-44 and holding Tennessee (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) to the lowest-scoring game in the school's modern history."That's a pretty amazing accomplishment against a team of that caliber," coach Muffet McGraw said after her team won its 17th straight game.
Hays: Sky's the Limit
Once upon a time, Notre Dame could never beat Tennessee. Monday, Skylar Diggins lifted the Irish to their second straight win over the Lady Vols, who were held to their lowest point total in the modern era, writes Graham Hays. Story
PUTTING THE LOSS IN PERSPECTIVE
When you start talking about ugly losses by Tennessee, you enter the realm of ancient history. What's not up for debate is that Tennessee's 44 points against Notre Dame on Monday night set a record for futility for a program unaccustomed to the word.
Less clear is which record it broke. The official record listed in the Tennessee media guide is 46 points in a 69-46 loss against Louisiana Tech on March 26, 1982. But there is also a 77-45 loss against Belmont on the books from Jan. 17, 1976, Pat Summitt's second season and a time that doesn't seem to qualify as the modern era by almost any standard. -- Graham Hays
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||17-61 (.279)||30-59 (.508)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-8 (.375)||5-12 (.417)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-16 (.438)||7-11 (.636)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||16 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|