Notre Dame escapes a hard fought battle 66-65 over South Carolina. In the first half Notre Dame jumped out to a 17-5 lead with 8 points coming from standout Brianna Turner. Fans from South Carolina were already leaving for the gates. They should have stayed because the missed a Gamecock 19-8 run lead by Alaina Coates. With 2:44 left in the half Jewell Loyd turned on another gear and pushed the lead to 30-24. South Carolina fought back again and were only down 32-28 at halftime. Notre Dame was out scored 18-14 in the paint, but was 5-7 (71%) from the free throw line. Brianna Turner, Taya Reimer, and Jewell Loyd all had 10 points by the half. South Carolina needed 20 points from the bench to stay in the game.
In the second half the crowd seen its first tie when Gamecock’s Tiffany Mitchell hit a layup to take the score to 34-34. Jewell Loyd and Michaela Mabrey pushed the score to 48-38. A’ja Wilson was not having it! She score six points to bring her team back to 48-46. Brianna Turner got hot again adding 6 points to take lead to 55-48