No. 2 Notre Dame beats Villanova by 33Jan 21, 2012 - 8:30 PM South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Skylar Diggins scored 20 points, Devereaux Peters had 19 and No. 2 Notre Dame coasted to a 76-43 win over Villanova on Saturday.
The Fighting Irish (19-1, 7-0 Big East) extended their winning streak to 16 since a loss to No. 1 Baylor two months ago and will have a tough test on Monday with a visit from Tennessee. They got 10 points apiece from Ariel Braker and Natalie Novosel.
Villanova (12-7, 2-4) played without head coach Harry Perretta, who missed the game reportedly because of a death in the family.
Rachel Roberts scored 14 points and Laura Sweeney added 10 for the Wildcats, who have lost four of their last five.
Notre Dame had a 44-16 lead at halftime and improved to 18-10 all-time against Villanova, including three straight wins.
- VILLANOVA: 43
NOTRE DAME: 76
Jan 21 2:37 PM
- VILLANOVA: 16
NOTRE DAME: 44
Jan 21 1:40 PM
- VILLANOVA: 0
NOTRE DAME: 0
1st Half - 20:00
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