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Irish Insights


Notre Dame women beat USC

FREEPORT, Bahamas – Skylar Diggins scored 22 points and Natalie Novosel added 17 to help No. 4 Notre Dame beat Southern California 80-58 on Friday in the Junkanoo Jam tournament.

The Irish (4-1) will play the winner of No. 7 Duke and Gardner Webb on Saturday night in the championship game. Notre Dame turned up its defense and held USC (1-3) to one field goal over the final 7:34 of the first half. The Irish led 42-30 at the break as Diggins had 16 points. Notre Dame cruised in the second half.

The Women of Troy are in the midst of a month-long stretch that will see them play eight of nine games on the road, including six east of the Rocky Mountains. USC began that run last week with losses at Nebraska and No. 10 Georgia.

This was the first meeting between the schools since USC beat Notre Dame 69-58 on Nov. 24, 2006. The Irish have won eight of the 10 all-time meetings.