Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Natalie Achonwa finished with 20 points, eight
rebounds, four assists and three steals as second-ranked Notre Dame edged
South Florida, 75-71, in overtime on Tuesday.
Skylar Diggins added 19 points, six assists and five blocks and Jewell Loyd
poured in 18 points to go with 13 boards for the Fighting Irish (13-1, 2-0 Big
East), winners in eight straight.
Andrea Smith poured in a game-high 33 points to go with 11 boards and Andrell
Smith added 15 points for the Bulls (11-3, 0-1), who had won three of their
last four entering the contest.
Notre Dame led, 55-48, following Michaela Mabrey's jumper near the midway
point of the second half, but a 13-6 USF run knotted things up at 61-61 with
just over two minutes remaining.
Loyd buried a pair from the free throw line a bit later, but Andrell Smith's
jumper tied the game with 54 ticks showing in regulation.
Loyd bricked a layup with 25 seconds left, but the Bulls couldn't cash in on
the miscue. Diggins' layup at the buzzer was off target, forcing the bonus
The Irish opened overtime with a 9-4 surge to take a 72-67 lead with just
over a minute to go, and the Bulls couldn't get closer than four the rest of
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