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and Dana Evans, saw Notre Dame fin­ish 29 of 39 from the free-throw line.

“I kept chal­leng­ing our kids that you can’t worry about it — if you foul out you foul out,” Walz said. “If we have to leave at the start of the fourth quar­ter be­cause there’s no one left, we’ll get home early.”

Durr, who made 9 of 20 shots from the field but was just 1 of 8 from be­yond the 3-point line, scored 19 points in the first half, in­clud­ing 12 straight for her team in a 3:47 span be­tween the first and se­cond quar­ters en route to a 35-33 half­time lead.

Notre Dame’s big­gest lead of the half was four points, 15-11, when Turner con­verted a pass from Ogun­bowale at 3:12 of the first quar­ter. Durr scored Louisville’s next eight points to make it 19-16 be­fore the Ir­ish took a 20-19 lead on two free throws each by Ogun­bowale and Young.

An 8-1 run by Louisville to start the se­cond quar­ter gave the Car­di­nals a 27-21 lead and forced Mc­Graw to call a time­out. At that point, Louisville had forced eight turnovers while not com­mit­ting one.

Louisville’s lead reached seven twice in the se­cond quar­ter, the last time at 3528 on Dun­ham’s layup with 2:38 to play. Notre Dame, which hit just two field goals

in 14 at­tempts (14 per­cent) in the quar­ter, closed on a 5-0 run, all from the freethrow line as Louisville forced 11 turnovers.

“We just did not take care of the ball and credit their de­fense,” Mc­Graw said. “We weren’t get­ting any flow or rhythm to the of­fense. And de­fen­sively, I was dis­ap­pointed how we de­fended Durr.”

Ogun­bowale nailed a 3-pointer just be­fore the buzzer to give the Ir­ish a 5747 lead go­ing into the fi­nal quar­ter. Louisville made just 2 of 11 shots in the quar­ter and had four turnovers to two by Notre Dame.

“I was just try­ing to be ag­gres­sive; they were get­ting a lot of fouls,” Ogun­bowale said.

BIG PIC­TURE Louisville:

The Car­di­nals, who en­tered the game hav­ing forced 185 turnovers in their last nine games, forced 11 in the first 20 min­utes against the Ir­ish. Louisville con­verted them into 15 points. Plus Arica Carter and Dana Evans each had three per­son­als at half­time and Durr drew her third at the 6:42 mark of the third quar­ter. Notre Dame: The Ir­ish, who came into the game av­er­ag­ing 89.1 points with the help of 53.1 per­cent shoot­ing in their last six vic­to­ries, were held to just 33 points in the first half on 8-of-27 shoot­ing (29.6 per­cent). But the Ir­ish stayed close with a 29-17 ef­fort on the boards and Louisville’s foul trou­ble.

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