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Hannah Hidalgo scored 26 points and tied the Notre Dame record for steals with 12 as the No. 10 Irish routed NJIT 10457 on Sunday.
NEWARK, N.J: Hannah Hidalgo scored 26 points and tied the Notre Dame record for steals with 12 as the No. 10 Irish routed NJIT 104-57 on Sunday.
It marked the second straight outstanding game for Hidalgo, the 2023 Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year. She scored 31 points in a 100-71 season-opening loss to No. 6 South Carolina on Nov. 6. It marked the most points ever scored by an Irish freshman — male or female — in their Notre Dame debut.
Citron also scored 26 points.
NJIT trailed by just seven points after the first quarter (24-17), but Notre Dame’s quickness and experience took over in the second quarter. The Irish went on a 22-5 run to end the quarter and grab a 52-29 halftime edge.
The Irish lead increased to 78-40 after three quarters.
The Irish frontcourt struggled against South Carolina. Forwards Maddy Westbeld and Kylee Watson were just 5-of-14 from the field against the Gamecocks but enjoyed a clear height advantage against NJIT. The Highlanders did not have a player taller than 6-foot-2 on the roster.
Westbeld scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Watson contributed 12 points and recorded two blocks. Notre Dame enjoyed a 62-26 advantage on points in the paint.
Alejandra Zuniga led NJIT (2-1) with 14 points.
There is no timetable on the return of Notre Dame All-American junior guard Olivia Miles, who suffered a knee injury in the Irish’s last game of the regular season last February and missed the post-season. What is certain is that when she returns, Notre Dame will have the most dynamic backcourt in the country. In just two games freshman Hidalgo has shown poise in running the offense, while getting to the rim on a quick motor.
Notre Dame opens its home season against Northwestern on Wednesday. The Irish have won 28 straight home openers and have defeated Northwestern in each of the last three meetings.
NJIT hosts Rider on Wednesday.
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