MILWAUKEE – When Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw was recruiting Skylar Diggins, she told the recruit that she could someday become the leading scorer in Irish history.
Four years later, Diggins is closing in on making McGraw’s statement come true. Diggins scored 23 points and Natalie Achonwa added 17 points and 10 rebounds as No. 2 Notre Dame (24-1, 12-0) rolled to its 19th consecutive victory with an 87-49 rout of Marquette on Sunday.
Diggins passed Katryna Gaither on the school’s all-time scoring list. She now has 2,131 points, trailing only current Irish assistant coach Beth (Morgan) Cunningham, who scored 2,322 points during her career.
You say that when you are recruiting someone hoping that it comes true, McGraw said. But with Skylar, she has been incredible right from the beginning. There was no learning curve. I’m not sure what I’m going to do without her next year.
Diggins’ defensive rebound with 13 minutes remaining in the first half also allowed her to become the first women’s basketball player in Notre Dame history with 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in her career.
No. 4 STANFORD 68, No. 15 UCLA 57: In Los Angeles, Chiney Ogwumike scored 26 points as the Cardinal (24-2, 13-1 Pac-12) posted its 15th straight win over the Bruins (19-6, 10-4) .
No. 5 DUKE 81, WAKE FOREST 70: In Durham, N.C., Tricia Liston scored a career-high 29 points with five three-pointers as the Blue Devils (24-1, 14-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) survived losing star Chelsea Gray to a knee injury.
No. 6 CALIFORNIA 72, SOUTHERN CAL 64: In Los Angeles, Layshia Clarendon scored 22 points and the Golden Bears (23-2, 13-1 Pac-12) held off a late rally.
No. 7 MARYLAND 73, VIRGINIA 44: In Charlotte, Va., Alyssa Thomas had 27 points and 13 rebounds and the Terrapins (21-4, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a 26-3 run spanning the halves to win.
No. 10 LOUISVILLE 81, DEPAUL 55: In Louisville, Ky., Bria Smith scored a career-high 21 points and Sara Hammond had 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Cardinals (21-5, 9-3 Big East) rebounded after having a six-game winning streak snapped.
No. 12 TENNESSEE 83, VANDERBILT 64: In Knoxville, Tenn., Meighan Simmons scored 17 points and was one of five Tennessee players to reach double figures as the Vols (20-5, 11-1 Southeastern Conference) clinched their 37th consecutive 20-win season.
No. 13 GEORGIA 62, FLORIDA 57: In Gainesville, Fla., Jasmine Hassell scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Bulldogs (21-4, 9-3) ended a streak of nine wins by the home team in this Southeastern Conference series.
No. 16 SOUTH CAROLINA 62, MISSISSIPPI 47: In Oxford, Miss., Ashley Bruner had 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Gamecocks (21-5, 9-4 SEC) rediscovered their defense.
IOWA 72, No. 18 PURDUE 52: In West Lafayette, Samantha Logic scored 26 points as the Hawkeyes (17-10, 6-7 Big Ten) ended a five-game losing streak and won for the first time in West Lafayette since 1998.
Sam Ostarello led Purdue (19-6, 8-4) with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
No. 19 FLORIDA STATE 80, No. 14 NORTH CAROLINA 73: In Tallahassee, Fla., Leonor Rodriguez scored 22 points as the Seminoles (20-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) registered their first win over a team in the top 15 since Feb. 1, 2010.
No. 20 DELAWARE 66, WILLIAM & MARY 44: In Williamsburg, Va., Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points and the Blue Hens (22-3, 13-0) never trailed as they coasted to their 33rd consecutive regular-season win in Colonial Athletic Association play.
No. 21 COLORADO 71, ARIZONA ST. 63: In Tempe, Ariz., Jen Reese scored 22 points, and the Buffaloes (20-5, 9-5 Pac-12) won their fifth consecutive game.
KANSAS 81, No. 22 OKLAHOMA 71: In Lawrence, Kan., Carolyn Davis had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Angel Goodrich became the all-time assists leader for the Jayhawks (16-8, 7-6 Big 12).
WEST VIRGINIA 68, No. 24 IOWA STATE 66: In Ames, Iowa, freshman Bria Holmes scored 13 of her 18 bench points in the second half for the Mountaineers (15-10, 7-7 Big 12).