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Arike Ogunbowale scores 30 points as Notre Dame women beat Louisville 82-68 in 1-vs.-2 matchup

Associated Press

Arike Ogunbowale scored 30 points and No. 1 Notre Dame overcame 18 turnovers to beat No. 2 Louisville 82-68 on Thursday night.

Brianna Turner added 16 points and Jackie Young had 14 for the Irish (15-1, 3-0 ACC), who regained the top spot in the AP poll this week and won their eighth straight since an 89-71 loss to Connecticut.

Asia Durr had 29 points for Louisville (14-1, 2-1), and Bionca Dunham added 10. The Cardinals cut a 10-point deficit to two twice in the fourth quarter, the last at 68-66 with 1:48 remaining, but Turner’s basket and Ogunbowale’s 3-pointer propelled the Irish to a 14-2 finish

Durr scored 19 points in the first half, including 12 straight for the Cardinals in a 3:47 span between the first and second quarters en route to a 35-33 halftime lead.

Notre Dame’s biggest lead of the half was 15-11 after Turner converted a pass from Ogunbowale at the 3:12 mark of the first quarter. Durr scored Louisville’s next eight points to make it 19-16 before the Irish took a 20-19 lead on two free throws each by Ogunbowale and Young.

An 8-1 run by Louisville to start the second quarter gave the Cardinals a 27-21 lead and forced Irish coach Muffet McGraw to call a timeout. At that point, Louisville had forced eight turnovers while not committing one.

Louisville’s lead reached seven twice in the second quarter, the last time at 35-28 on Dunham’s layup with 2:38 to play. Notre Dame, which hit just two field goals in 14 attempts (14 percent) in the quarter, closed on a 5-0 run, all from the free-throw line, as Louisville forced 11 turnovers.

Ogunbowale nailed a 3-pointer just before the third-quarter buzzer to give the Irish a 57-47 lead. Louisville made just 2 of 11 shots in the quarter and had four turnovers to two by Notre Dame.

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