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Final

(8) Notre Dame 72

(23-5, 12-2 Big East)

(19) West Virginia 60

(21-7, 7-7 Big East)

    7:00 PM ET, February 22, 2011

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    #8ND 38 3472
    #19WVU 25 3560

    Top Performers

    Notre Dame: N. Novosel 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl

    West Virginia: S. Miles 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 6 Stl

    Natalie Novosel has 22 points as ND continues to dominate W. Virginia

    Associated Press

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Notre Dame's constant layup drill more than made up for its sloppiness against West Virginia.

    Natalie Novosel scored 22 points and the Irish (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) overcame 30 turnovers to beat the Mountaineers (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) 72-60 Tuesday night.

    The Irish (23-5, 12-2 Big East) saw their nine-game winning streak end in a 78-57 loss at then-No. 2 Connecticut on Saturday in which they shot just 36 percent from the floor. Notre Dame bounced back against West Virginia, hitting 58 percent of its field goals to make those turnovers seem less painful.

    "We were able to just quickly fix our minds to just forget that game and move on because we knew we had a tough stretch coming up," Novosel said.

    Twenty-two of Notre Dame's 30 baskets came on layups and the nation's sixth-best offense more than handled the fifth-best scoring defense.

    "We worked them a lot on the back doors and executed very well," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "We had some great shots and shot the ball extremely well, but when you're getting layups, I think it's a little easier to shoot well."

    And those 30 turnovers, including 10 from Skylar Diggins?

    "That is an embarrassing number," McGraw said.

    Devereaux Peters added 16 points and Diggins and Becca Bruszewski each scored 10 for the Irish (23-5, 12-2 Big East).

    Sarah Miles scored 16 points and Madina Ali added 12 for West Virginia (21-7, 7-7). The Mountaineers trailed by double digits for most of the second half and fell for the fourth time in five games.

    The Irish didn't need any help from their bench. The starters scored all but five points and Notre Dame outrebounded West Virginia 40-31.

    West Virginia had 16 steals but committed 23 turnovers, shot just 35 percent (24 of 68) from the floor and made only 10 of 18 free throws.

    "When it came down to it, we missed so many foul shots and easy layups," West Virginia coach Mike Carey said.

    Notre Dame kept its attack-the-basket mantra going after building a 13-point halftime lead.

    Ali, who's been bothered by a stress fracture in her lower leg most of the season, played just 4 minutes in the first half but answered after the break with hit a 3-pointer and a layup 27 seconds apart to bring West Virginia within 53-44 with 11 minutes left.

    Peters then made a layup, Brittany Mallory followed with a 3-pointer and Notre Dame kept its lead in double digits the rest of the game.

    "I think the stats show everything," Carey said. "They scored 48 in the paint and only shot two 3s. They drove us to the paint and scored."

    Peters scored the final six points of a 13-1 run that put the Irish ahead 28-14 with 5:54 left in the half. West Virginia went 6 minutes between field goals before Miles hit the Mountaineers' final three baskets and they trailed 38-25 at halftime.

    Notre Dame shot 65 percent (15 of 23) from the floor in the first half and beat West Virginia for the 18th time in 20 all-time meetings.

    To McGraw, the win was key in many ways, including making an impression on the NCAA tournament committee.

    "Wins on the road, I think, look better in the committee's eyes," she said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ND
    WVU
    Points 72 60
    FG Made-Attempted 30-52 (.577) 24-68 (.353)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-3 (.667) 2-8 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-14 (.714) 10-18 (.556)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 18 4

    Game Leaders

     
    ND
    WVU
    PointsN. Novosel 22S. Miles 16
    ReboundsB. Bruszewski 9L. Repella 6
    AssistsS. Diggins 7S. Miles 5
    StealsK. Turner 2S. Miles 6
    BlocksD. Peters 3L. Repella 1

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