Seton Hall Coach Phyllis Mangina knew there was a good chance the Pirates would go 0-3 in the Big East opening against No. 1 Connecticut, No. 9 Rutgers and No. 6 Notre Dame.

She just didn't know the Pirates would lose those games by 43, 20 and 28 points.

Ruth Riley had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Niele Ivey added 14 points and 10 assists for Notre Dame as the host Irish beat Seton Hall, 80-52, last night.

"I don't know anyone else in the country that's just played number one, number six and number nine. That's a tough way to start the league," said Mangina, whose team couldn't handle Riley's inside game. "Hey, [Notre Dame] has an inside-outside game and we're trying to figure out who not to guard when we're helping out with Ruth."

NEBRASKA 81, KANSAS 69: Nicole Kubik scored 17 points as the Cornhusers surprised the No. 21 Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan. Charlie Rogers had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Casey Leonhardt added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Cornhuskers (7-6, 1-1 Big 12). Brook Schwartz added 15 points for Nebraska.

Nebraska led at halftime, 34-32, but traded baskets with the Jayhawks (10-4, 1-1) until Kubik put them up, 47-41, with 12 minutes left. Kubik made a layup to give the Cornhuskers their biggest lead at 70-55 with 6 minutes 16 seconds left. Lynn Pride of Kansas had 22 points.

BOWIE STATE 68, N.C. CENTRAL 63: The Lady Bulldogs (12-2, 6-1 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) held on for the win in Durham, N.C. Bowie State led by 16 with just under five minutes left, but saw its lead cut to three with nine seconds remaining after a three-pointer by Crystal Cosby. Tiffany Moss (team-high 24 points) sealed the win with two free throws. Deidra Fields added 15 points and 20 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs.