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Louisville 71, Notre Dame 65


By STEVE BITTENBENDER
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dana Evans scored 27 points, including five late, to lead No. 1 Louisville to a 71-65 victory over Notre Dame.

The Cardinals (18-1, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their second straight, and Evans their lone senior was a major reason why. The player of the year candidate scored 16 of her points in the first half to help Louisville take a 42-34 lead at the break.

The lead would grow to 11 less than 90 seconds into the second half. However, the Fighting Irish (8-8, 6-6) cut that to 52-50 with 3:16 remaining in the third quarter thanks to three consecutive layups by Olivia Miles.

Notre Dame had a couple of chances to tie or take the lead on ensuing possessions, but Louisville eventually responded with a 9-0 run to answer that challenge. Still, the Irish remained in the game.

A 3-pointer by Dara Mabrey would cut the Louisville lead to 66-65 with 1:41 left. Evans, though, responded with a 3 of her own with 57 seconds remaining. She then iced the game with a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left.

Kianna Smith added 16 and a career-high five steals. Elizabeth Balogun finished with 12 points.

Miles was one of four players to score 10 points as the Irish had a balanced scoring attack. The seven Notre Dame players who scored all had at least eight points.

February 7, 2021


Notre Dame
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
M. Westbeld F 25 4-14 1-2 1-3 1-8 0 0 1 1 3 10
M. Vaughn C 22 4-8 2-2 0-0 3-8 1 2 2 0 2 10
D. Mabrey G 38 3-9 0-0 2-6 0-2 3 0 2 6 1 8
A. Peoples G 34 4-9 0-0 0-0 1-6 3 1 0 0 2 8
A. Prohaska G 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 1 0 0 2 1 0
S. Brunelle 33 4-12 0-0 2-5 2-9 5 1 1 2 0 10
D. Walker 26 2-5 4-4 1-3 1-2 1 0 0 1 4 9
O. Miles 14 5-8 0-0 0-2 0-2 0 0 1 1 3 10
Totals   200 26-66
(.394)
7-8
(.875)
6-20
(.300)
11-41 14 4 7 13 16 65


Louisville
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
E. Dixon F 21 2-7 0-1 0-0 3-6 0 1 0 0 1 4
D. Evans G 38 9-21 5-6 4-11 0-3 5 0 0 3 3 27
M. Robinson G 32 2-4 1-2 0-0 2-8 4 1 2 0 2 5
K. Smith G 32 6-13 0-0 4-8 1-4 1 2 5 1 2 16
H. Van Lith G 20 1-6 1-2 0-2 1-3 1 0 1 2 1 3
E. Balogun 26 5-10 1-1 1-4 1-2 0 3 0 4 0 12
O. Cochran 21 1-5 0-0 0-0 2-11 0 1 0 2 1 2
N. Konno 12 1-2 0-0 0-1 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 2
Totals   202 27-68
(.397)
8-12
(.667)
9-26
(.346)
12-41 12 8 9 12 10 71



Officials: Eric Brewton, Maj Forsberg, Katie Lukanich
Attendance: 2,912




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