Michigan trips up Notre Dame in overtime

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Stephany Skrba made up for a poor second half by dominating play for Michigan in overtime.

After managing just four points and a rebound after the break, the power forward had both of the Wolverines' field goals in overtime to help Michigan hand No. 8 Notre Dame its first loss, 63-59 on Wednesday night.

The victory was the first in four tries against the Fighting Irish for Skrba and her fellow seniors.

"Coach kept talking about getting the ball into the post," said Skrba, who had 20 points after going 10-for-11 from the field. "I tried as hard as I could to do something with it."

The Irish (7-1) led 59-56 early in overtime after Kellie Watson's 3-pointer, but never scored again. Skrba answered with baskets on two straight possessions and Notre Dame missed a pair of layups in the final seconds. The Wolverines went 3-for-4 from the line to clinch their first win over a top-10 opponent in more than eight years.

Reserve Ashley Barlow scored 14 points and Becca Bruszewski added 10 for the Irish, who had not trailed an opponent in the second half this season.

Notre Dame rarely had an answer for Skrba, especially in the first half when she was 6-for-7 from the floor.

"She was just too much for our post," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "She's a really good player."

Michigan (6-4) was trailing 56-54 when Notre Dame committed a turnover with 13 seconds left. Jessica Minnfield made them pay when she converted a spinning layup 9 seconds later. She stole a lob pass to ensure the extra period, added two free throws in overtime and finished with 16 points and five assists.

"It was a really big win," Minnfield said of Michigan's first win over a top-10 team since they knocked off No. 6 Louisiana Tech on Nov. 17, 2000.

He added: "Last year when we played them they killed us (77-46). It gives us so much confidence heading into the Big Ten season."

It was the second win of the season against a ranked opponent for Michigan but easily the highest-profile victory under second-year coach Kevin Borseth. He said he hoped the success won't spoil his team.

"We're very excited right now," he said. "Notre Dame is the best team we've played so far. My hands were like ice before the game just figuring out a way to stop them. But one win doesn't make a season."

Reserve Ashley Barlow scored 14 points to lead the Irish, who had not trailed an opponent in the second half this season.

Notre Dame led 36-35 at intermission despite 11 turnovers that led to 11 Michigan points. They finished the game with a season-high 23 giveaways, including one that set up Minnfield's tying basket in regulation.

"We turned the ball over so many times and at critical times," McGraw added. "Overall, they did a better job down the stretch."