SOUTH BEND – Kayla McBride scored 16 points Sunday and No. 2 Notre Dame placed six players in double figures in a 99-34 victory over Indiana State in the Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Skylar Diggins, Devereaux Peters and Markisha Wright had 14 points apiece for the Irish (2-0), who will play Long Island or Hartford in the tournament semifinals Thursday. Wright also had 11 rebounds, and Fraderica Miller and Natalie Novosel each scored 10.
Anna Munn scored 13 but Indiana State (1-1) committed 36 turnovers.
Notre Dame, which finished with 25 steals, used its stellar defense to get off to a quick start for the second consecutive game. The Irish jumped to an 18-0 lead in the first six minutes, forcing eight early turnovers. Deja Mattox converted a layup at the 14:32 mark to get Indiana State on the board, but Notre Dame reeled off another nine straight to build a 27-2 advantage at the 12:27 mark.
The Irish carried a 58-15 lead into halftime. They forced 21 first-half turnovers while committing only four, and Diggins had 11 points at the break.