CHICAGO – The way Skylar Diggins was scoring and distributing was impressive enough. The real eye-opener, though? That was the rebounding.
Diggins finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and No. 2 Notre Dame won its 20th straight, beating DePaul 84-56 on Sunday.
I think the rebounding was the most amazing thing, coach Muffet McGraw said. The double-double for Sky is nothing out of the ordinary. She can get 10 assists and 10 points in a game, but to get in there and get 10 rebounds, that takes a lot of effort. That was tremendous intensity and determination on her part.
Her teammates were locked in, too.
Jewell Loyd added 19 points. Kayla McBride scored 16, and the Irish (25-1, 13-0 Big East) cruised to another easy victory. Their only loss was to Baylor in early December, and DePaul (18-9, 7-6) never had a chance in this one.
The Irish forced 21 turnovers and held DePaul to 33.3 percent shooting.
Diggins, Notre Dame’s second-leading all-time scorer, came through with her second career triple-double and the fourth in school history. The 10 rebounds were one shy of her personal best.
The assist part, I had the easy part, Diggins said. We got out in transition well and a lot of times we just played off of each other.
No. 22 PURDUE 75, MINNESOTA 63: In Minneapolis, Courtney Moses scored 23 points to lead Purdue.
KK Houser and Drey Mingo scored 14 points each, and Sam Ostarello had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Boilermakers (20-7, 9-5 Big Ten), who are tied for third in the Big Ten.