SOUTH BEND, Indiana –Sophomores Jewel Lloyd and Michaela Mabrey tallied 19 points apiece to lead four Fighting Irish players in double figures and propel No. 6 Notre Dame to a 99-50 victory over visiting UNCW Saturday at Purcell Pavilion.
Lloyd was 8-of-11 from the floor and Mabrey was 7-of-13 for the Fighting Irish, who knocked down 39 of 62 field goal attempts to shoot a sizzling 62.9 percent from the field for the contest. Senior Kayla McBride chipped in 17 points and freshman Lindsay Allen pitched in 11 to join the sophomore duo in double figures.
Freshman Taya Reimer pulled down 12 rebounds and Lloyd added 11 caroms to guide Notre Dame to a 54-24 advantage on the glass. Mabrey dished out six assists as she paced a Notre Dame lineup that finished with 27 helpers.
Junior Kelva Atkins tallied 16 points and freshman Brie Mobley added 12 for UNCW, who was held to just 30.0 percent (18-of-60) shooting for the contest.
In the first meeting between the two programs, Notre Dame never trailed in the contest as it opened the game on a 17-4 spurt before closing the opening frame on a 30-13 run to take a 51-22 advantage into the break.
Notre Dame continued to knock down shots in the second half, using an 18-2 run early in the stanza to push its advantage to 73-28. The Seahawks would temporally stall the spurt, scoring six of eight points, only to see the Fighting Irish respond with 10 unanswered points to take their largest lead of the game, 83-32, with 6:51 remaining. The two teams traded baskets the rest of the way to determine the final 49-point margin.
UNCW returns to action Nov. 13 as it opens the home portion of its 2013-14 schedule with a 7 p.m. contest against future Colonial Athletic Association foe Elon. Notre Dame is back on the floor Monday in a 7 p.m. matchup versus Michigan State.
GAME NOTES ·UNCW moved to 21-20 all-time in season openers with the loss to the Fighting Irish as it opened the season with a loss for the third straight campaign. ·The loss also moved the Seahawks to 0-35 all-time against nationally ranked competition. The contest also marked the second consecutive season that UNCW opened the campaign versus a nationally ranked foe, falling at then-No. 17 West Virginia one year ago to the day. ·UNCW freshmen D’Asia Cain, Ryan Flowers, Johanna McMillan, Brie Mobley, Amber Reeves and Naqaiyyah Teague all made their collegiate debuts in the contest. All six scored their first collegiate points during the game. ·The 49-point margin of victory of defeat was the fourth largest for the Seahawks since the start of the 2000-01 season and the largest since UNCW’s 84-34 setback at Liberty on Dec. 8, 2012. ·Notre Dame’s .629 field goal percentage was the highest for a UNCW opponent since the start of the 2000-01 season, eclipsing the old mark of .609 (28-of-46) set by Wofford on Nov. 27, 2001. ·The 99 points scored by the Fighting Irish are the second most allowed by the Seahawks since the start of the 2000-01 season and the most since surrendering 87 points to Hofstra on March 9, 2012. ·The announced attendance of 8,572 represents the largest crowd the Seahawks have played in front of in program history. The previous high was 5,725 at Old Dominion on Jan. 3, 2003. ·The two teams combined to commit just 27 turnovers (Notre Dame 15, UNCW 12). ·All but one of the 18 players that played in the contest found the scoresheet while 17 of 18 players that saw playing time pulled down at least one rebound. ·Notre Dame held a 58-24 advantage in points in the paint and enjoyed a 25-7 margin in second-chance points. The Fighting Irish also tallied all 16 fast-break points scored in the contest. ·The Fighting Irish were 18-of-25 (.720) from the free-throw line while the Seahawks were just 11-of-24 (.458) at the charity stripe. ·Junior Kelva Atkins reached double figures in points for the 17th time in her career.