Redshirt senior Devereaux Peters dominated inside with 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks to lead No. 11/10 Notre Dame to a 69-36 win over No. RV/23 St. John’s at home on Sunday.
Senior Becca Bruszewski scored a season-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Fighting Irish (17-4, 6-1 BIG EAST).
The Red Storm (14-6, 3-4 BIG EAST) shot 32 percent, with no player reaching double figures. Leading scorer and sophomore Shenneika Smith was held to seven points on 3-of-8 shooting. Junior Da’Shena Stevens had nine rebounds, but missed all seven free-throw attempts.
Notre Dame outrebounded the Red Storm 42-31.
On the final play of the first half, sophomore Skylar Diggins drove and dished to freshman Natalie Achonwa, whose layup as time expired gave the Fighting Irish a 39-21 lead. Diggins had six assists.
"I thought we did a great job in both halves, especially the second,” said Irish head coach Muffet McGraw. “We guarded St. John's just as we wanted to and I was happy with the rebounding in stretches even though I know we can do a little better. Overall, I was very pleased and our inside game is really coming along. The guards were shooting well during the Georgetown game so we didn't go inside as much as we wanted, but this game was a great game to really take advantage of our post players. Becca Bruszewski and Devereaux Peters had great games and a nice job overall by both of them."
“We lost to a great team tonight,” remarked St. John’s head coach Kim Barnes Arico. “They are an exceptional team, especially at home. They were dominant on the inside with [Devereaux] Peters and [Becca] Bruszewski. We couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end and they do a great job of forcing turnovers. They get in the passing lanes, they’re super aggressive, they rotate well and their chemistry is good. They play exceptionally well together. This is one of the best teams they’ve had in a long time.”
Notre Dame set a school record with its 11th win of the season by at least 30 points, topping the old mark of 10 30-point wins set in 2000-01.
Notre Dame also attracted its third sellout crowd of the season (9,149), ninth in the past year-and-a-half, and the 15th in program history.
Material from interviews, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.