Muffet's Squad may have suffered a big loss en route to a big win

Notre Dame had five players in double figures and played one of its best defensive games of the season as the Irish picked up their first win against a road opponent this season with an 86-83 victory over Pittsburgh at the Joyce Center on Sunday.

The Irish were 0-5 against ranked teams entering the game.

ND is now 18-5 and 6-3 in the Big East.

The Irish may have suffered a big loss en route to the win, however.

Freshman Devereaux Peters buckled her left knee badly in the 2nd half and went down in severe pain.

Peters left the game after scoring 11 points in 13 minutes and return late in the 2nd half with a brace on her knee.

Her status remains unknown. She will have an MRI done on her left knee on Monday.

The Irish led 29-25 at the half and never surrendered the lead in the 2nd half.

Notre Dame also forced 17 turnovers while holding Pitt to just the 31% shooting.

Tulyah Gaines led the Irish with 13 points. Lindsay Schrader and Melissa Lechlitner each had 12 and Becca Bruszewski added 10.

The Irish and Panthers also honored "Think Pink" Day during of the game in support of breast cancer awareness.

Notre Dame players wore pink shoelaces and head coach Muffet McGraw wore pink heels. Pitt players were dressed in all pink and the referees even sported pink whistles.

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