Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins, right, drives around Saint John's guard Nadirah McKenith as she is picked by Notre Dame forward Ariel Braker during the first half NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
Sunday, January 20, 2013 3:05 pm
Diggins scores 18, No. 2 Irish beat St. John's
The Associated Press
The All-American penetrated at will. When she wasn't scoring on fast breaks, she was hitting pull-up jumpers or feeding forward Achonwa for easy layups.
St. John's (9-7, 3-1 Big East) was led by Nadirah McKenith with 15 points. The Fighting Irish took a 39-25 halftime lead on a drive through traffic by Diggins as the clock expired.
Notre Dame (16-1, 5-0) outrebounded St. John's 48-22 and outscored the Red Storm 38-24 in the paint.
The Irish started the second half cold, going scoreless until Achonwa hit a jumper in the lane with 16 minutes left to play. But St. John's was unable to capitalize, scoring just two points during that span.
Madison Cable came off the bench for Notre Dame and was 3-for-3 from three-point range in the second half, when the game was in hand for the Irish, giving her 13 points and tying her career high. As a team, the Irish hit 7-of-11 from 3-point range.
Attendance was 9,149, giving the Irish their seventh sellout of their first nine home games. That's one shy of their season record, set last season.
Notre Dame senior reserve Kaila Turner left the game with a knee injury with 5:32 left to play in the game, falling to the ground and writhing in agony after she hit a 3-pointer. She was expected to have an MRI Monday morning.