No. 12 Notre Dame 99, New Hampshire 48
Devereaux Peters had a career-high 23 points and eight rebounds
in only 14 minutes, and No. 12 Notre Dame opened the season by
cruising past New Hampshire 99-48 in a record-setting rout
On a day when Notre Dame honored former star Ruth Riley,
retiring her 00 jersey, the Fighting Irish set school records by
making 36 steals and forcing 48 turnovers.
Skylar Diggins, a sophomore guard from South Bend, paced the
Irish on both ends of the floor as Notre Dame went to a tenacious
full-court press early against the overmatched Wildcats.
Notre Dame was up by 16 less than 8 minutes in and held New
Hampshire scoreless for 9:44 during a 28-0 run. Leading 47-9 with
3:41 left in the first half, the Irish called off the full-court
pressure, but not after they had forced 26 Wildcats turnovers.
”I thought we got off to a great start,” said Muffet McGraw,
who began her 28th season as Notre Dame coach. ”I thought that our
defense was where we wanted it to be in the first half. I thought
the press was good, the pressure was good. I was really pleased
with everything in the first half.”
Notre Dame was ahead 53-12 at halftime. Peters outscored New
Hampshire by herself in the first half, posting 15 points and five
rebounds – all on the offensive end – in 12 minutes.
”I was just excited,” she said. ”It’s been four long years of
sitting on the bench, so it’s nice to finally get out there and
The 6-foot-3 Peters has struggled with tendinitis in her knees
throughout her career.
”It’s gotten to the point where it’s bearable, so I should be
good the rest of the season,” she said.
Not surprisingly, McGraw had high praise for her standout
”Devereaux was just outstanding,” the coach said. ”It was
just so great to have her back. She did a great job on the boards
as well as scoring.”
New Hampshire couldn’t handle Peters’ combination of quickness,
touch, strength and sound fundamentals down low. She caused
problems for Wildcats post players every minute she was on the
”She was just so active on the boards,” McGraw said. ”A
couple times she came out of nowhere. We weren’t sure if she was
even in the play, and then she had the rebound in her hands.”
During halftime, Notre Dame celebrated the 10th anniversary of
its 2001 national championship.