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Peters leads No. 9 Notre Dame past Villanova

Devereaux Peters scored 20 points to lead No. 9 Notre Dame to an 58-43 victory over Villanova on Saturday night.

Skylar Diggins added 13 points and Natalie Novosel had 11 for Notre Dame (18-4, 7-1 Big East), which has won five straight and 13 of its last 14. The Irish won despite scoring a season low in points, who were nearly 25 points under their average (82.9 ppg).

Laura Sweeney scored 14 points to pace Villanova (8-12, 0-7), which has lost four in a row.

Villanova twice sliced Notre Dame's 12-point halftime lead in half early in the second half, but the Wildcats never could get closer than six. Villanova led by five points early, but the Irish took control midway through the first half and led 32-20 at the break.

The Irish were upset by Villanova on their last trip to the Pavilion on Jan. 24, 2009.