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Retooled Notre Dame tramples Southern Utah in NCAA Tourney opener

Retooled Notre Dame tramples Southern Utah in NCAA Tourney opener

Taking the floor in just its third full game with passing savant and second-team All-American Olivia Miles on the bench with a season-ending knee injury, the 11th-ranked and third-seeded Irish (26-5) tied a season high in assists (24) in Friday afternoon’s first round NCAA Tournament rout of No. 14-seed Southern Utah, 82-56, at Purcell Pavilion. “I have talked a lot that playing the right way for me is being unselfish and finding the open player,” Irish third-year head coach Niele Ivey said in her postgame press conference.