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Devereaux Peters, Skylar Diggins fuel No. 3 Notre Dame's rout

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- With things going so smoothly for Notre
Dame, you'd think Devereaux Peters would have had time to realize
how close she was to a milestone.

Peters scored 19 points, eclipsing 1,000 for her career, and the
No. 3 Fighting Irish opened with a 27-0 run before going on to beat
Longwood 92-26 on Wednesday.

Peters eclipsed the mark on a layup 3 minutes into the second
half -- and was innocently unaware of it.

"I didn't even know what was going on," said Peters, who joins
teammates Skylar Diggins and Natalie Novosel, among others, in
achieving the milestone. "I was confused when the crowd got all
excited and Brittany (Mallory) yelled something to me as I went
back upcourt, but I could not hear her. It is just an indication of
how much support I get from my teammates."

Diggins added 11 points and 10 assists, Novosel also scored 11
points and Fraderica Miller had 10 for the Irish (12-1), who
converted 33 Longwood turnovers into 42 points.

Brittanni Billups scored eight points to lead the Lancers
(2-12).

The Irish forced turnovers on eight of Longwood's first nine
possessions and pushed the lead to 27-0 before Mieke Elkington
scored Longwood's first basket on a 15-footer with 11:37 to go in
the opening half.

Notre Dame took 87 shots, the sixth-most in team history, and
pulled down 58 rebounds. The Irish scored 58 points in the paint
and got 40 points from the reserves. Every player on Notre Dame
scored.

"I was really happy with the game," Notre Dame coach Muffet
McGraw said. "I thought we played with a lot of intensity in the
second half. We came out of the locker room and played a good
half-court man-to-man. I was pleased with our execution although we
did not shoot it particularly well, but I thought we did a good job
rebounding."

Former Notre Dame All-American Lindsay Schrader is in her first
season as assistant to Longwood head coach Bill Reinson. For
Reinson, who said that hiring Schrader was the best decision he has
made as head coach, it was a matter of being outmatched.

"For us, it was more of a chance for our kids to see how teams
do it right, to see how teams recruit the right student-athlete,
how their coaches prepare them, and see how they compete. It is
nice to point to teams like Notre dame and say that that is what we
aspire to be."

The Irish, who led 45-14 at halftime, opened the second half
with an 18-0 burst.