Notre Dame Outmatches USF Women
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Lindsey Schrader had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Brittany Mallory and Charel Allen added 14 points each to lead the No. 14 Notre Dame women's team to a 92-49 victory over the University of South Florida on Wednesday night. The Fighting Irish (22-6, 10-4 Big East) shot 49 percent and dominated inside, outrebounding USF 48-37 and outscoring the Bulls 48-18 in the paint. Shantia Grace led the Bulls (13-14, 3-11) with 15 points, and Melissa Dalembert added 10 points. South Florida shot 34 percent and had 23 turnovers. The Irish, who lost in overtime to USF in regular-season games the past two seasons, were in control throughout. They used a 27-5 run - during which South Florida made two of 15 shots and turned the ball over six times - early in the first half for a 33-11 lead.The Irish continued to stretch the lead, going ahead 46-15 at halftime when Allen's baseline shot bounced off the rim four times and fell through the basket a second after the halftime buzzer sounded. The Bulls made only 23 percent of their shots in the first half to finish with 15 points, matching their season-low total in the first half against Duke in the second game of the season. The Irish continued to pull away for most of the second half, scoring seven points in 39 seconds off three steals to open a 69-29 lead. The Irish need one win in their final two games to clinch a first-round bye in the Big East Tournament. The Bulls, who have lost five straight road games, fell into a tie for 13th with Seton Hall and need help to make the league tournament.