SOUTH BEND – Lindsay Schrader had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Skylar Diggins scored 14 points, and Notre Dame finally put away pesky South Florida with a run late in the second half to win 81-64 on Tuesday night.
South Florida (9-7, 0-3 Big East) stayed in the game by shooting 50 percent until going cold with 7:30 minutes left, when they went just 1 of 7 from the floor. Natalie Novosel ignited the decisive 19-3 run for the Irish (15-0, 2-0 Big East) with a three-pointer with 6:02 left.
The Irish dominated the boards, outrebounding the Bulls 47-13, and forced 20 turnovers leading to 30 points. The Bulls lost for the fifth time in seven games, but led by Sequoyah Griffin’s 16 points gave the Irish a tough challenge until the end. It wasn’t the type of outing the Irish were hoping for heading into their game Saturday against top-ranked Connecticut on Saturday.