USC Falls On The Road To No. 13 Notre Dame, 73-62

Nov. 27, 2005

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Megan Duffy had 19 points and helped 13th-ranked Notre Dame finish with a 10-2 run to beat No. 24 USC 73-62 on Sunday.

The Trojans trailed only 63-60 with 3:11 left, but were 1-of-9 from the field down the stretch. The drought included two air balls, and missed front ends of two one-and-ones. It was the second straight road loss for the Trojans (2-2), who shot just 31.9 percent.

The Irish (4-0) pulled away despite missing six straight free throws in the final minutes. Lindsay Schrader drove end-to-end for a layup to give the Irish a 65-60 lead and start the decisive run. Duffy followed with one of her six steals and a layup. Notre Dame ended its poor shooting from the free-throw line, making 6-of-7 to put the game away.

Melissa D'Amico had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Irish for her first career double-double. Courtney LaVere had 16 points and Charel Allen added 13.

Chloe Kerr led USC with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Camille LeNoir had 12 points, Eshaya Murphy had 11 and Jamie Hagiya had 10.

The Trojans led through much of the first half, forcing 11 turnovers by Notre Dame. During one stretch, the Irish turned the ball over six times on 10 possessions, going from two points ahead to trail 22-17. The Trojans extended the lead to 29-21 when Lenoir hit a 3-pointer with 4:36 left in the half.

The Irish didn't have another turnover the rest of the half and finished on a 12-4 run, capped by D'Amico's inside basket, for a 33-all score at halftime.

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