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Notre Dame women's basketball: Bruszewski keys Irish victory

February 14, 2010|By CURT RALLO, Tribune Staff Writer | By CURT RALLO, Tribune Staff Writer
  • Notre Dame's Becca Bruszewski brings the ball upcourt against DePaul.Associated Press Photo/JOE RAYMOND
Notre Dame's Becca Bruszewski brings the ball upcourt against DePaul.
Associated Press Photo/JOE RAYMOND

SOUTH BEND — Becca Bruszewski scored a career-high 25 points and Skylar Diggins scored 18 points as No. 4 Notre Dame rolled past DePaul, 90-66, Sunday afternoon in a Pink Zone game dedicated to raising money for breast cancer research and awareness. A sellout crowd of 9,149 attended the game, giving the Irish women’s basketball team its record fourth sellout of the season and 10th in program history. Notre Dame took a hit when 6-foot senior captain Lindsay Schrader suffered an injury to her left ankle with 13:46 left in the first half and the Irish owning a 14-10 lead. She suffered the injury when she stepped on teammate Ashley Barlow’s foot and rolled her ankle. Schrader, who averages 11.7 points and 7.7 rebounds a game, did not return to the court. She came back on crutches, an ice pack taped to her ankle, with 6:04 left in the first half to sit on the bench. Notre Dame (23-1, 10-1 Big East) heads into one of its toughest stretches of the season with Schrader listed as day-to-day. Notre Dame plays at No. 25 St. John’s on Tuesday (7 p.m. EST), and then at No. 16 Georgetown on Saturday (3 p.m. EST). DePaul is 16-10 and 5-7. DePaul erased a 30-24 Notre Dame lead to knot the score at 30, but the Irish stormed back. Notre Dame slugged the Blue Demons with a 12-2 run in the final 3:26 of the half for a 42-32 halftime lead. Diggins triggered the Irish run by scoring eight of Notre Dame’s 12 points. Notre Dame connected on 5-of-5 shots and 2-of-2 free throws in the 12-2 run, committing one turnover, while DePaul was 1-of-7 with three turnovers in the same span. Keisha Hampton scored a career-high 28 points for DePaul.

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