SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Jewell Loyd scored 20 points, Taya Reimer added 16 and fourth-ranked Notre Dame took control with a 16-0 second-half run to beat No. 8 Louisville 68-52 Monday, the 12th straight victory for the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame took control after the Cardinals used a 9-4 spurt early in the second half to open a 37-35 lead on a layup by Mariya Moore. Loyd answered with a layup that sparked the decisive run. The Irish broke the game open by repeatedly scoring inside, with Loyd scoring eight points and Reimer and Briana Turner adding four points each. Two of the points came on free throws after Louisville coach Jeff Walz protested that Sara Hammond had been fouled on a blocked shot by Turner.
Notre Dame (26-2, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) remained alone in first-place in league standings, while the Cardinals (23-4, 11-3) fell to third place.