Diggins helps No. 2 Irish women hold off USF in OT

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Skylar Diggins scored four of her 19 points in overtime, helping second-ranked Notre Dame overcome cold shooting and hold off South Florida for a 75-71 victory on Tuesday night.

Natalie Achonwa had 20 points and Jewell Loyd finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (13-1, 2-0 Big East) in their first game since handing then-No. 1 Connecticut its first loss of the season. Kayla McBride was limited to 12 points on 4-for-14 shooting, but keyed a second half surge that helped Notre Dame take its first lead since early in the game.

Andrea Smith tied a career high with 33 points and 11 rebounds for USF (11-3, 0-1), including her team's last nine points of regulation and first four of overtime. Smith's twin sister, Andrell, had 15 points before fouling out less than a minute into the extra session, and Inga Orekhova added 13.


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