Diggins moves into 2nd on Irish scoring list as ND routs Marquette

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Skylar Diggins scored 23 points and Natalie Achonwa added 17 points and 10 rebounds as No. 2 Notre Dame rolled to its 19th consecutive victory with a 87-49 rout of Marquette on Sunday.

Diggins passed Katryna Gaither on Notre Dame's all-time scoring list. She now has 2,131 points, trailing only current Irish assistant coach Beth (Morgan) Cunningham, who scored 2,322 points during her career.

The Irish (24-1, 12-0 Big East) have won a school record 20 consecutive regular-season road victories, including 16 straight in the conference.

Notre Dame's lone loss of the season was to No. 1 Baylor 71-63 on Dec. 5.

Diggins' defensive rebound with 13:01 remaining in the first half also allowed her to become the first women's basketball player in Notre Dame history with 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in her career.

"I didn't even know about it until they told me," Diggins said. ""It is something I that is pretty cool. I can think about when I'm old and gray,"

Diggins said she is excited to try and pass her assistant coach and said both records will mean more after she leaves Notre Dame.

"All that matters is that we are winning," she said.

And winning the Irish are. The victory against Marquette was a school record 20 consecutive regular-season road win, including 16 straight in the conference. Notre Dame's lone loss of the season was to No. 1 Baylor 71-63 on Dec. 5.

The Irish led by 19 at halftime and put the game away early in the second half as Notre Dame scored the first 12 points of the half to grab a 46-15 lead when Diggins scored on a layup. Diggins was the key to the spurt as she scored six points, including a steal and breakway layup.


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