Irish send a message, routing Lady Vols by 28 points

SOUTH BEND ( AP)-- Skylar Diggins matched a season high with 27 points Monday night and No. 2 Notre Dame routed No. 7 Tennessee 72-44, holding the Vols to their lowest scoring output in school history.

Devereaux Peters had 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Irish (20-1), who have won 17 straight. Tennessee (14-5) got 13 points from Meighan Simmons, but shot just 27.9 percent in the lopsided loss.

Notre Dame was 0-20 all-time against the Vols before a 73-59 victory in the NCAA regional finals last March in Dayton, Ohio. The Irish haven't lost since Nov. 20 to top-ranked Baylor and have now beaten both UConn and Tennessee on their home floor this season after toppling both in last year's NCAA tournament.

The Lady Vols trailed just 23-18 following a Glory Johnson layup with 2:07 remaining in the opening stanza. Notre Dame scored five consecutive points to take a 10-point lead into intermission, and added five more out of the locker room to extend its lead to 33-18.
From there, the Irish maintained and extended a lead that was never threatened.

Meighan Simmons was the only Lady Vol to score in double-figures, recording a team-high 13 points. Glory Johnson chipped in nine points and nine rebounds, while Vicki Baugh tallied eight points and six boards.

Tennessee returns to action Thursday when the Lady Vols take part in the second contest of a three-game road trip. The Lady Vols play at Alabama in a 9 p.m. start on FSN.

Official Basketball Box Score
Tennessee vs Notre Dame
01/23/12 7 p.m. at Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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VISITORS: Tennessee (14-5, 5-1)
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
15 MANNING, Alicia..... f 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 12
25 JOHNSON, Glory...... f 3-12 0-0 3-10 3 6 9 1 9 1 4 1 2 28
05 MASSENGALE, Ariel... g 1-3 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 2 3 4 2 0 2 35
10 SIMMONS, Meighan.... g 5-15 1-3 2-3 1 1 2 1 13 0 2 0 0 28
40 STRICKLEN, Shekinna. g 2-10 1-3 0-0 3 4 7 2 5 3 3 0 1 28
01 BASS, Briana........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 4
04 WILLIAMS, Kamiko.... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3
11 BURDICK, Cierra..... 2-6 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 3 4 2 1 0 2 18
13 SPANI, Taber........ 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 9
20 HARRISON, Isabelle.. 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 9
21 BAUGH, Vicki........ 4-9 0-0 0-0 4 2 6 3 8 1 3 2 0 26
TEAM................ 1 1
Totals.............. 17-61 3-8 7-16 15 20 35 16 44 12 19 4 8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 7-35 20.0% 2nd Half: 10-26 38.5% Game: 27.9% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 0-2 0.0% 2nd Half: 3-6 50.0% Game: 37.5% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 4-10 40.0% 2nd Half: 3-6 50.0% Game: 43.8% 5

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HOME TEAM: Notre Dame (20-1, 7-0)
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
14 PETERS, Devereaux... f 8-13 0-0 0-0 5 11 16 1 16 6 2 3 2 34
04 DIGGINS, Skylar..... g 10-17 5-7 2-3 1 4 5 3 27 5 5 0 4 37
21 NOVOSEL, Natalie.... g 2-8 0-2 0-1 0 1 1 3 4 3 2 0 1 23
22 MALLORY, Brittany... g 0-4 0-3 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 2 5 2 1 28
23 McBRIDE, Kayla...... g 7-12 0-0 3-3 0 6 6 0 17 5 1 0 1 38
03 HOLLOWAY, Whitney... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
11 ACHONWA, Natalie.... 3-4 0-0 1-2 1 2 3 4 7 3 1 0 1 11
12 MILLER, Fraderica... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 1 0 0 1 9
15 TURNER, Kaila....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
34 WRIGHT, Markisha.... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 10
44 BRAKER, Ariel....... 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5
TEAM................ 3 5 8 1
Totals.............. 30-59 5-12 7-11 11 33 44 16 72 25 19 5 11 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-31 35.5% 2nd Half: 19-28 67.9% Game: 50.8% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-6 33.3% 2nd Half: 3-6 50.0% Game: 41.7% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 4-5 80.0% 2nd Half: 3-6 50.0% Game: 63.6% 2

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Officials: Dee Kantner, Denise Brooks, Sue Blauch
Technical fouls: Tennessee-None. Notre Dame-None.
Attendance: 9149
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Tennessee..................... 18 26 - 44
Notre Dame.................... 28 44 - 72

Points in the paint-TENN 20,ND 48. Points off turnovers-TENN 13,ND 26.
2nd chance points-TENN 8,ND 11. Fast break points-TENN 2,ND 12.
Bench points-TENN 14,ND 7. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-1 time.
Last FG-TENN 2nd-00:17, ND 2nd-01:36.
Largest lead-TENN by 2 1st-19:34, ND by 30 2nd-03:01.


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