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Notre Dame’s Natalie Novosel drives the lane as Syracuse’s Troya Berry defends during the first half Tuesday night in South Bend.

Irish women blow out Syracuse

– Devereaux Peters had 15 points and 11 rebounds and No. 8 Notre Dame dominated Syracuse in a 71-48 victory Tuesday night.

Kayla Alexander led the Orange with 17 points and five rebounds.

With 16:39 to go, Natalie Achonwa hit a jumper in the lane and the Irish had the Orange doubled up at 44-22. Achonwa finished with 13 points.

Syracuse’s Carmen Tyson-Thomas stole the ball from Becca Bruszewski and finished a layup to cut the Notre Dame lead to 13 with 19 minutes to go.

Bruszewski finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, becoming the 27th player in Notre Dame history to score 1,000 points in her career.

Skylar Diggins had six steals for the Irish.

Syracuse guard Aisha Hemingway was hit with a technical foul with 10:31 to play when she recovered a rebound and caught Achonwa in the nose with an elbow.

No. 7 XAVIER 102, LA SALLE 51: Katie Rutan scored 15 points during Xavier’s biggest opening half of the season, and the Musketeers (18-2, 7-0 Atlantic 10) rolled to the best start in school history.

The Musketeers matched their 2000-01 team for best start.

They also reached 100 points for the first time since a 108-95 win over Toledo in triple overtime on Dec. 9, 2001.

No. 14 WEST VIRGINIA 59, PROVIDENCE 45: Liz Repella scored 16 points as the Mountaineers bounced back from consecutive road losses with a win in Morgantown, W.Va.

Asya Bussie added 14 points and Madina Ali scored 13 for the Mountaineers (20-3, 6-3 Big East), who extended their school record of consecutive home wins to 31.

Mi-Khida Hankins scored 11 points for Providence (9-11, 2-6).

No. 17 GEORGETOWN 76, LOUISVILLE 52: Sugar Rodgers scored 26 points as the Hoyas rolled to a victory in Louisville, Ky.

Monica McNutt added 16 points and Tia Magee had eight points and 12 rebounds as the Hoyas (18-5, 6-3 Big East) won their fourth straight and ended Louisville’s 10-game home winning streak.

Monique Reid led the Cardinals (14-9, 5-4) with 12 points.

No. 23 MARQUETTE 62, VILLANOVA 57: In Milwaukee, Katherine Plouffe scored 15 points and the Golden Eagles went on an 11-0 run straddling halftime to take control, beating snowed-in Villanova in a game moved up two hours because of the weather.

The early start didn’t help the Wildcats (8-13, 0-8 Big East) leave town and Marquette (18-4, 6-3) didn’t make it easy on them in the Al McGuire Center, either.


MISSISSIPPI 71, No. 10 KENTUCKY 69: In Oxford, Miss., Chris Warren rattled in a 25-footer over two defenders with 2.9 seconds remaining as the Rebels upset the Wildcats.

Warren, who scored 22 points, hit the high-arcing shot to give the Rebels their first victory over a top-10 team during the five-year tenure of coach Andy Kennedy.

Warren finished 9 of 15 from the field, including 4 of 7 from three-point range.

Terrance Jones scored 22 points and Doron Lamb added 20 for the Wildcats (16-5, 4-3), who rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to take the late lead. Lamb missed a running three-pointer at the buzzer.

Ole Miss (14-8, 2-5 SEC) got 16 points from Zach Graham and 12 each from Reggie Buckner and Terrance Henry.

MIAMI (OHIO) 89, BALL STATE 75: The visiting Cardinals lost their fourth straight game and third straight defeat in the Mid-American Conference.

The RedHawks (10-12, 5-3 MAC) outscored Ball State (13-8, 5-3) 50-29 in the second half to turn around a 46-39 Cardinals’ halftime lead.

Jauwan Scaife led Ball State with 22 points, while Julian Mavunga had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Miami.