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.