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Notre Dame Women Dominate Boston College 98-58

Six players scored in double figures in Notre Dame's lopsided win over Boston College
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Notre Dame, Ind. - Notre Dame went into Thursday night’s game against Boston College needing to get in synch offensively and in need of an ACC win. The Fighting Irish (11-3, 2-2 ACC) accomplished both feats in their 98-58 thrashing of the visiting Eagles (9-8, 1-3).

Maddy Westbeld, who missed Sunday’s loss to North Carolina, returned with a vengeance by scoring six of Notre Dame’s first eight points and finished with her seventh double-double of the season with 15 points and 15 rebounds. The senior forward had seven boards in the first quarter alone and 11 in the first half.

Westbeld and Sonia Citron played together for the first time since Nov. 15 and the Irish offense showed it. Notre Dame dished out 20 assists on 37 made field goals and six players, including Citron with 11, finished in double figures.

"Our offense was clicking on all cylinders, and our defense was dominant,” Fighting Irish head coach Niele Ivey said after the lopsided victory. "It means everything to have this type of game, to come out with the level of intensity that we did. All week, we worked on different offenses that I thought could beat their scrappy defense and zone, and I thought we came out right away and executed really well.”

The Irish led just 14-11 at the end of a first quarter that saw them commit six turnovers, but they effectively put the game away in the game’s second ten minutes. Hannah Hidalgo led the Irish charge with nine points to help Notre Dame outscore the Eagles 25-8 in the second quarter. The freshman point guard scored 27 points for her 12th game with of 20+ points this season. She had 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.

The second quarter explosion put Notre Dame up 39-19 at halftime. The Irish shot 7 of 12 in the second quarter and 10 of 15 at the free throw line, while BC was just 4 for 18 from the floor.

KK Bransford scored 13 points for her second consecutive game in double figures. It’s the first time she has done that since early November.

Kylee Watson and Anne DeWolfe each scored 11 points as well. It’s Watson’s first game in double figures since she scored 14 against Lafayette on Dec. 6. Watson added eight rebounds and a pair of blocked shots as well. 

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