|Pittsburgh guard Brianna Kiesel drives around Notre Dame guard Brittany Mallory as Kayla McBride, left, looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)|
No. 2 Notre Dame defeats Pittsburgh 120-44
SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Devereaux Peters scored 20 points in 18 minutes to lead No. 2 Notre Dame to a 120-44 victory Tuesday night against Pittsburgh, the most lopsided Big East victory ever for the Fighting Irish.
It was the second-highest scoring game for the Irish this season. They scored 128 against Mercer in December. It was also the second time this season Notre Dame had won a Big East game by at least 50 points. The Irish beat Marquette 95-42.
Seven other players scored in double figures for the Irish (18-1, 6-0).
Natalie Achonwa (19), Kaila Turner (14), Natalie Novosel (13), Kayla McBride (11), Skylar Diggins (11 points and nine assists), Brittany Mallory (11), and Markisha Wright 11.
Pittsburgh (8-11, 0-6) was led by Ashlee Anderson's 14.
Notre Dame had 33 assists on 48 baskets in its 15th consecutive win.
The Irish put on a passing clinic early on with Diggins getting three quick assists as Notre Dame bounced out to a 12-7 lead with 15:56 to go in the first half.
Peters hit two free throws to start an 18-2 run to set the score at 30-9 with 8:27 to go in the half and set the tone for the rest of the half.
Pitt went 10:34 without a field goal as part of that streak.
Notre Dame led at intermission, 54-19.
Peters led all scorers with 16 points while Diggins had eight assists. Notre Dame shot 60.5 percent and held Pitt to a 30 percent at the half.
Notre Dame held a 24-9 rebounding edge. The Irish forced 12 turnovers and made as many baskets (23) as Pitt attempted.
The second half was more of the same. Notre Dame broke the 100-point mark with 7:24 remaining on a 15-footer by Turner.