One never wants to say any one opponent serves as a training ground for a better program. But there really is no other way to describe Notre Dame’s game against Chicago State. It never was close in a 113-35 victory.
The Irish (4-1) didn’t surrender a field goal to the Cougars (0-6) until midway through the first quarter. By then, the lead already was become insurmountable, and it officially became that before halftime.
The Irish never allowed more than 10 points a quarter, and they scored 45 points off 32 Cougars turnovers. That only is the tip of the iceberg of how dominant this game was. While the Irish only made five of 20 3-point attempts, the long ball wasn’t needed on this night.
Every Irish player on the floor made it into the scoring column, and that effort was led by Hannah Hidalgo’s 23 points in only 18 minutes. Natalija Marshall had 20 points off the bench, and Cassandre Prosper scored 19 while also recording six steals (five other players had at least two steals, and three of those had at least three).
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