SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Despite a very competitive first half, No. 5 Notre Dame proved to be too much for the Utah State women's basketball team, capturing a 109-70 win at Purcell Pavillion in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday.
With the loss, the Aggies return home to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum with a 2-7 record. Notre Dame improves to 6-1 with the win. USU is now 0-1 against the Fighting Irish. The last time that the Aggies allowed 100 points was a 116-65 loss to Western Michigan in 2003.
Senior guard Devyn Christensen led the Aggies with 21 points, while junior guard Jennifer Schlott added 14. Christensen reached the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season to lead the Aggies. Freshman guard Makenlee Williams added eight points and four boards. All five of the Aggies starters had at least two steals.
Notre Dame had five players in double figures, led by 23 points from Natalie Achonwa who had a double-double with 12 rebounds. Markisha Wright also had a double-double off the bench with 14 points and 11 boards. Skylar Diggins had a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists for the Irish, who had 27 assists.
SOUTHERN UTAH 93, SAN JOSE STATE 82: At San Jose, Calif., the Thunderbirds matched their school record by knocking down 15 3-point field goals in a win at San Jose State. The T-Birds shot better than 57 percent from downtown to go along with a season-high field goal mark of 49.3 percent. Sophomore guard Hailey Mandelko led the way by hitting five 3-pointers to set a new career high with 27 points and help SUU improve to 4-4 on the season while dropping the Spartans to 3-5.
IDAHO STATE 69, UTAH VALLEY 67: At Pocatello, Idaho, senior Sammie Jensen became just the fifth Utah Valley University women's basketball player to surpass 1,000 career points at the Division I level Saturday at Idaho State University but the Bengals (4-3) held on to defeat the Wolverines (2-9) at Reed Gym.
ISU's Abyee Maracigan missed three free throws in the closing seconds to give UVU a chance as it trailed by just two with 3.9 seconds to go. But out of timeouts, the Wolverines couldn't manage to get a final shot off before the buzzer sounded as they fell on the road to Idaho State. Jensen led UVU with 16 points.
VANGUARD (CALIF.) 73, NO. 4 WESTMINSTER 51: At Costa Mesa, Calif., the Griffins had their eight-game winning streak snapped. Westminster (8-2) couldn't overcome a slow start and shot just 34.6 percent from the floor in the game. The Griffins went just 8-of-29 (27.6 percent) from beyond the arc and were outrebounded 42-25. Vanguard (5-0) scored 16 points from 16 Westminster turnovers and had 21 points from 16 offensive rebounds. Nicole Yazzie led three Griffins in double figures with 15 points on a 5-of-14 shooting night.