No. 2 Notre Dame defeats No. 9 Lady Vols 77-67

UT to call all teams Volunteers, phase out 'Lady' for women's (Image 1)
UT to call all teams Volunteers, phase out 'Lady' for women's (Image 1)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Skylar Diggins scored a career-high 33 points and No. 2 Notre Dame built a 19-point lead in the second half before withstanding a late Tennessee rally in a 77-67 victory Monday night over the ninth-ranked Lady Vols.

Notre Dame (19-1) won its 14th straight game and snapped the Lady Vols' 9-game winning streak. Notre Dame also became the first school ever to defeat both Connecticut and Tennessee in three consecutive seasons. The Irish won 73-72 at Connecticut on Jan. 5.

Jewell Loyd added 10 points for Notre Dame, while Kayla McBride had nine points and 10 rebounds. Bashaara Graves had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Tennessee (16-4). Taber Spani added 12 points and Meighan Simmons had 11 points.

Before the game, Tennessee raised a banner at Thompson-Boling Arena in honor of former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, who stepped down in April after winning eight national titles in 38 seasons.

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