Notre Dame enters halftime holding a 34-25 lead over Cleveland State in the opening round of the NCAA women's tournament in Purcell Pavilion.
The second-seeded Irish took control when they started pressing the 15th-seeded Vikings about 4 ½ minutes into the game with Notre Dame trailing 8-7.
The full-court press fueled a 14-2 run that gave the Irish a 21-10 lead with 9:15 to play in the first half.
But Cleveland State's Kailey Klein single-handedly kept her team in the game scoring nine unanswered points in a two-minute period to cut Notre Dame's lead to 22-19 with 4:57 left in the first. Klein, who averages a team-high 18.6 points, scored 21 in the first half.
Notre Dame will need to clamp down on Klein in the second half, but the Irish have locked out the rest of the Vikings as Stephanie Crosley was the only other player to score for Cleveland State with four points.
The Irish also need to cut down on the Vikings getting behind the defense. Klein had three easy layups in which she got a pass low in the lane.
Notre Dame is using its press well, scoring seven points off 14 turnovers, but the Irish are not going inside as much as you would think with their size advantage.
The two teams each scored 20 points in the paint, and the Irish only hold a 21-17 rebounding edge.