No. 4 Louisville ladies trounce No. 14 Irish in testy matchup

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Kianna Smith and Hailey Van Lith each scored 20 points and No. 4 Louisville raced to a large lead and routed No. 14 Notre Dame 86-64 in a testy matchup Sunday.

The Cardinals (25-3, 16-2 Atlantic Coast Convention) led 41-3 early in the second quarter. They beat the Irish (21-7, 13-5) for the sixth straight time in the conference typical-time closer for both equally groups.

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Louisville was up 48-6 when Notre Dame produced consecutive baskets, the 2nd by Olivia Miles at 2:49 in advance of halftime following her steal.

Miles and Mykasa Robinson then received in a shoving match right after exchanging text. Notre Dame’s Dara Mabrey and Van Lith also had been whistled for intentional fouls immediately after a prolonged video clip critique and some heated session from coaches Jeff Walz of the Cardinals and Niele Ivey of the Irish.

Emily Engstler experienced 17 details and Chelsie Corridor additional 13 for the Cardinals, who would tie for the ACC title if No. 3 North Carolina misplaced later in the working day to No. 23 Virginia Tech.

Irrespective of the outcome, Louisville will be the No. 2 seed in the ACC postseason tourney and has a double bye to Friday’s quarterfinals.

An official holds Louisville's Hailey Van Lith (10) while Notre Dame's Dara Mabrey holds teammate Olivia Miles (5), next to Maya Dodson (0) after an altercation on the court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, in South Bend, Ind.

An official holds Louisville’s Hailey Van Lith (10) whilst Notre Dame’s Dara Mabrey holds teammate Olivia Miles (5), upcoming to Maya Dodson () just after an altercation on the court docket all through the first fifty percent of an NCAA higher education basketball sport Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, in South Bend, Ind.
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Olivia Miles experienced 13 factors, Maya Dodson and Dara Mabrey scored 12 each individual and Sonia Citron 10 for Notre Dame, which also has a double bye to the ACC tourney quarterfinals.

The Cardinals jumped to a 31-3 direct following the first quarter. Ivey tried out to end the Louisville momentum with timeouts and substitutions, but nothing at all labored.

Louisville manufactured its first 7 shots in the opening 4:38 in having an 18-1 guide. Notre Dame hit just a person of 13 shots as previous 4-time Irish All-American Skylar Diggins-Smith watched from the sidelines.

The Cardinals scored the very first 10 points of the second quarter and led 54-15 at halftime. Louisville hit 23 of 34 pictures (68%), such as 8 of 12 (67%) on 3-pointers prior to the crack.

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Louisville: The Cardinals have been on their match from the get started, especially from beyond the 3-point line. They hit their initial seven 3-ideas through the to start with quarter and did not overlook from lengthy length until early in the 2nd quarter.

Notre Dame: The Irish were being hoping to set driving them the bad vibes remaining from the Cardinals’ 73-47 victory two Sundays in the past in Louisville. But their bad commence from the field -– at a person point the Irish experienced a person basket in 18 tries (5.6%). Louisville’s fast get started made it a extensive afternoon at the Purcell Pavilion exactly where Notre Dame was 13- prior to the rout. The Irish outscored Louisville 49-32 in the next half and completed taking pictures 41.5% (22 of 53).

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Louisville: Cardinals have gained double bye as No. 2 seed for ACC Event in Greensboro, North Carolina, and engage in quarterfinal sport Friday at 6 p.m.

Notre Dame: Combating Irish have attained double bye in ACC Match and enjoy quarterfinal activity Friday at both 11 a.m. or 8 p.m.

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