South Bend, IN — The No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish handed the No. 12 Louisville Cardinals its second consecutive loss in an 85-66 decision.
Fresh off a crushing loss to NC State, the Louisville Cardinals hoped to knock down the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Last year’s meeting between the two teams was competitive until the final buzzer. But the Irish came away with a 3-point win. This year, Louisville went into South Bend looking to avenge its loss.
Notre Dame was looking for its 10th consecutive win over Louisville.
The Cardinals struck first as Kylee Shook and Asia Durr scored on back-to-back possessions to give Louisville a 4-0 lead.
But, Arike Ogunbowale drew contact and got to the line to put the Irish on the board.
Durr responded with a jump-shot to keep Louisville ahead, 6-2. Ogunbowale scored Notre Dame’s first eight points, while Durr tallied eight for the Cardinals. Louisville was able to knock down three of its last three shots to take a 12-9 advantage.
However, the Irish fought back, sprinting out to a 6-0 run behind Jackie Young and Kathryn Westbeld. The Irish held the Cardinals scoreless for nearly three minutes.
Taylor Johnson broke Louisville’s silence with 2:58 remaining in the first period. The Cardinals would not score for the final 2:58, while Notre Dame added four points.
At the end of the first, the Irish held a 19-14 advantage.
Louisville’s struggles continued into the second period as Brianna Turner struck first to extend Notre Dame’s lead to six.
Mariya Moore drove to the bucket for two, but Ogunbowale fired off a three-pointer, sparking 11 unanswered points for the Irish. Notre Dame held Louisville scoreless for nearly three minutes to take a 32-16 lead and force a Louisville timeout.
Cortnee Walton broke the Cardinals scoring drought out of the timeout. But, Ogunbowale negated Walton’s layup, adding two of her own.
Moore was able to fire off a triple, but Notre Dame closed out the period on a 15-7 run.
At the half, the Irish held a huge, 50-28 lead.
The Cardinals shot 43.3% from the field behind 13 made field goals. Durr lead Louisville with 10 points.
The Irish did not commit a single turnover in the first half. Notre Dame finished the half with 48.8% shooting.
The Cardinals came out of the locker room focused. Louisville began to mount a comeback behind a triple plus 1 from Durr.
Notre Dame matched Louisville’s intensity, pushing the Cardinals down to a 22 point deficit. But, behind seven unanswered points, the Cardinals cut the lead, 63-49.
Despite outscoring Notre Dame, 21-17, in the third period, the Cardinals were still stuck in a deep hole.
Durr was able to draw contact twice to kick off the final period, getting to the charity stripe to hit 5 shots and bring Louisville within 13.
Behind Moore and Durr’s combined 13 points, the Cardinals tried to mount a fourth period comeback. Unfortunately, Ogunbowale and Westbeld would not let Louisville gain an advantage.
The Cardinals lost their second consecutive game, and 10th consecutive to the Fighting Irish in an 85-66 decision.
Despite losing by double-figures, the Cardinals connected on 25 field goals for 45% and 7 three-pointer for 35%.
Notre Dame finished the contest on 50% shooting from the field. The Irish forced 16 Louisville turnovers and converted the turnovers into 25 points. Notre Dame dominated the paint, outscoring Louisville 48-22.
Louisville had two players post double-figures: Asia Durr racked up 31 of Louisville’s 66 points. Durr went 10-of-18 from the field and pulled down 6 boards. Mariya Moore added 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
For the Fighting Irish, five players notched double-digits: Arike Ogunbowale paced Notre Dame with 22 points on 50% shooting. Jackie Young picked up 16 points, while Lindsay Allen added 15 points and eight assists. Kathryn Westbeld knocked down 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting, while Brianna Turner tallied 11 points and nine rebounds.
The Fighting Irish remain at home to host the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech on Sunday, Feb. 12.
The Cardinals head to Blacksburg, Virginia to face off against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Thursday, Feb. 9.