SOUTH BEND, Indiana (AP) – Regarding Arike Ogunbowale and his coach Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame No. 1's victory over the score of 82-68 on No. 2 Louisville on Thursday night was only a few. another Atlantic Coast Conference match in January.
& # 39; & # 39; Any game in ACC is a big win; Ogunbowale scored 26 of his 30 points in the second half to help the Irish fight the 18 turnovers to beat the Cardinals in 59th place. 2nd confrontation in the history of women's college basketball and the second involving Notre Dame this season.
"It was just a great basketball game," McGraw said after Fighting Irish (15-1, 3-0) won his eighth straight game and his first match since winning in Connecticut, which beat 1 Notre Dame 89-71 on December 2 at the last meeting of the two best teams. & # 39; & # 39; For 1 to 2, that was all you wanted to see. It was a nice win for the conference, but it's still early and we have a lot of games to play. "
It was Ogunbowale's 37th consecutive double-digit game – she had only five points in the loss of Notre Dame 100-67 in Louisville on January 11, 2018.
Brianna Turner, who missed both Notre Dame defeats last season against Louisville as she was recovering from an ACL operation, added 16 points on 7 out of 11 shots, six rebounds and three blocked shots . Jackie Young had 14 points and five assists for the Irish, who had 15 rebounds from Jessica Shepard to win the boards battle, 48-32.
"We were trying a lot to pass the ball to Bri and with good reason," said McGraw about the height advantage that Shepard, 6-foot-3 and 4-foot-4, offered to Notre Dame over Louisville.
Asia Durr scored 29 points and Bionca Dunham had 10 points for the Cardinals (14-1, 2-1).
"We only have a few points left," said Louisville coach Jeff Walz. & # 39; & # 39; I thought our kids were playing hard. I thought it was a very good basketball game. If you look at the score, it was a 14-point match. If you were there, it was not. We fought. "
The Cardinals reduced the deficit by 10 points to twice in the fourth quarter, the last at 68-66 with 1:48 left, but Turner's basket and Ogunbowale's pointer with 40 seconds left the Irish at 14- 2.
Ogunbowale, who had six assists, scored seven of his last 12 points from the foul line as Louisville, whistled 28 times for the games and lost Dunham, Arica Carter and Dana Evans, saw Notre Dame finish on 29 the line free throws.
"I have continued to challenge our kids that you can not worry about it – if you fail, you will escape," Walz said. "If we have to leave early in the fourth quarter because there is no one left, we will go home sooner."
Durr, who made 9 out of 20 shots on the field, but only one out of 8 over the 3-point line, scored 19 points in the first period, including 12 in a row for his team in 3:47 between the first and the second. quarter en route to an advance of 35-33 at halftime.
Notre Dame's biggest lead of the half was four points, 15-11, when Turner converted an Ogunbowale pass at 3:12 of the first quarter. Durr scored the next eight points in Louisville to total 19-16 before the Irish took a 20-19 lead over two free throws from Ogunbowale and Young.
An 8-1 run from Louisville early in the second quarter gave the Cardinals a 27-21 lead and forced McGraw to call for a timeout. By this time, Louisville had forced eight turnovers without committing one.
The Louisville advance was seven times two in the second quarter, the last time at 35-28 on the Dunham rug with a time of 2:38 to play. Notre Dame, who scored only two goals in 14 attempts (14%) during the quarter, opened the scoring at 5-0, all from the free throw line while Louisville imposed 11 turnovers.
"We just did not take care of the ball and credited their defense," McGraw said. & # 39; & # 39; We had no pace or rhythm for the offensive. And defensively, I was disappointed with the way we defended Durr. "
Ogunbowale scored 3 points just before the ring to give the Irish a 57-47 lead before the final quarter. Louisville only managed 2 of 11 quarterback shots and got four turnovers to two by Notre Dame.
& # 39; & # 39; I was just trying to be aggressive; they had a lot of mistakes, "said Ogunbowale.
Louisville: The Cardinals, having entered the game after forcing 185 turnovers in their last nine games, forced 11 in the first 20 minutes against the Irish. Louisville converts them to 15 points. In addition, Arica Carter and Dana Evans each had three games at half-time and Durr tied for third at 6:42 of the third.
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Notre Dame: The Irish, entered the game with an average of 89.1 points with 53.1% of their shots in their last six wins, were maintained at 33 points in the first period on 8 shots out of 27 (29). , 6%). But the Irish stayed close with a 29-17 effort on the boards and Louisville's big problem.
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Notre Dame finished with 44.6% (25 of 56), but kept Louisville at 38.2% (26 of 68), including the 2 of 11 (18.2%) effort in the third quarter. . Louisville only scored 4 of the 3 points, with Carter, who had amassed 10 out of 15 in his first two games of ACC, finishing 1 in 7 in addition to the 1 of 8 from Durr. Louisville dominated the Irish with 25-16 points of turnaround, but the Irish were 36-32 points behind, 20-5 with points in second chance and 23-6 in the break. . No. 1 has now defeated No. 2 37 times in 59 games. . Our Lady is now 2-6 in 1 vs. 2 games. . Notre Dame has now won 52 consecutive conference games (ACC and Big East) at the Purcell Pavilion, which was sold (9,149) for the third time this season (Connecticut and Lehigh, for McGraw's 900th win as # 39; coach).
Louisville: Welcomes Georgia Tech Sunday.
Notre Dame: welcomes the wake forest Sunday.
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