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No. 3 Irish women rout Seton Hall

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Skylar Diggins scored 14 points and No. 3 Notre Dame cruised to a 74-36 win over Seton Hall on Wednesday night for its 11th straight victory.

Next up for the Irish is a showdown with second-ranked Connecticut in South Bend on Saturday.

Notre Dame (14-1, 2-0 Big East) has been sizzling on offense and leads the nation in scoring. The Irish came in averaging over 100 points in their previous four games, including a 128-42 thrashing of Mercer on Dec. 30.

Notre Dame kept it up against the Pirates (7-9, 0-2).

The Irish closed the first half with a 36-9 run, with their three stars – Diggins, Natalie Novosel and Devereaux Peters – combining for 22 points during the burst.

Notre Dame led 49-16 at the break and its lead grew as large as 44 points in the second half.

With her team building its huge lead, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw rested Diggins, Novosel and Peters for most of the second half. Novosel finished with 13 points, and Peters had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Now the Irish can turn their focus to the Huskies, who they eliminated in the Final Four last season. Notre Dame, picked to win the Big East in the preseason coaches' poll, is looking to win its first conference regular-season title since 2001.

The two teams will play again in Connecticut to close out the regular season on Feb. 27.

The Seton Hall women were hoping to pull off their own shocker one night after the men's team stunned No. 8 Connecticut 75-63 – but it wasn't meant to be. The Pirates have now lost 20 of their 24 meetings with the Irish, including the last six.

Jasmine Crew provided the sole bright spot on offense for the Pirates, finishing with 17 points. She had all nine during Notre Dame's huge run to end the opening half, including two incredible acrobatic shots.

Former New York Liberty president Carol Blazejowski and WNBA chief of basketball operations and player relations Renee Brown were at the game.