In Battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2, Notre Dame Holds Off Louisville

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Arike Ogunbowale scored 30 factors to assist No. 1 Notre Dame overcame 18 turnovers and beat No. 2 Louisville, 82-68, on Thursday evening.

Brianna Turner added 16 factors and Jackie Young had 14 for the Irish (15-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). They regained the highest spot in The Associated Press ballot this week and received their eighth straight since an 89-71 loss to Connecticut.

Asia Durr had 29 factors for Louisville (14-1, 2-1), and Bionca Dunham added 10. The Cardinals minimize a 10-point deficit to 2 twice within the fourth quarter — together with at 68-66 with 1 minute 48 seconds remaining — however a basket from Turner a 3-pointer by Ogunbowale propelled the Irish to a 14-2 run to complete the sport.

Durr scored 19 factors within the first half, together with 12 straight for her workforce in a 3:47 span throughout the primary and second quarters, to assist the Cardinals to a 35-33 halftime lead.

Notre Dame’s largest lead of the half was 4 factors, at 15-11, when Turner transformed a go from Ogunbowale with 3:12 left within the first quarter. Durr scored Louisville’s subsequent 8 factors to make it 19-16 earlier than the Irish took a 20-19 lead on two free throws every by Ogunbowale and Young.

An 8-1 run by Louisville to begin the second quarter gave the Cardinals a 27-21 lead and compelled Coach Muffet McGraw to name a timeout. At that time, Louisville had pressured eight turnovers with out committing one.

Louisville’s lead reached seven twice within the second quarter, the final time at 35-28 on Dunham’s layup with 2:38 to play. Notre Dame, which hit simply two area targets in 14 makes an attempt within the quarter, closed on a 5-0 run, all from the free-throw line as Louisville pressured 11 turnovers.

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