When No. 10 Notre Dame had trouble getting the ball to standout center Ruth Riley last night, it turned to the outside and found a way to win.
Alicia Ratay scored 19 points to lead the Fighting Irish to a 74-59 victory over visiting Southern California.
Riley added 14 points and Danielle Green had 11 for the Irish (7-2). The Trojans (5-4) were led by Danielle Golay, who scored 16 points, and Tashara Carter and Erica Mashia, who each added 10.
Ratay took over after the Trojans effectively shut down Riley's inside game, hitting 3 of 4 three-point shots to help the Irish expand a 34-32 halftime edge.
"It's nice having not only Alicia but all the guards who can shoot from the outside," Riley said. "It takes the pressure off me inside."
The Irish went on a 16-7 run to open the second half. Ratay scored five points during the spurt.
"I was pleased with our effort tonight," Irish Coach Muffet McGraw said.
"I really thought that Ruth was open under the basket in the first half but our passing just wasn't working."
"We were having troubles with turnovers and rebounding," Trojans Coach Chris Gobrecht said. "We have a tendency to get into these funks and just can't get out of them."
* TULANE 81, PROVIDENCE 57: In New Orleans, Janell Burse racked up 30 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocked shots to power the No. 24 Green Wave.
Burse was 12 of 18 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line for Tulane (9-0), which led 37-27 at halftime and held a 54-39 rebounding advantage over Providence (3-4).
Grace Daley added 19 points for Tulane. Monika Roberts scored 26 points for the Friars.