Nothing came easy for Notre Dame against Southern California.
The 13th-ranked Fighting Irish turned over the ball 20 times, struggled from the free throw line down the stretch and scored in spurts, yet still managed to beat the 24th-ranked Trojans, 73-62, yesterday in South Bend, Ind.
"We'd kind of like to have one where it just looked good and felt good the whole game," Irish Coach Muffet McGraw said. "But I think that's the way it's going to be for us this year."
The Trojans (2-2) trailed only 63-60 with 3 minutes 11 seconds left, but were 1 of 9 from the field the rest of the way. The drought included two air balls, and missed front ends of two one-and-ones.
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. Megan Duffy, who had 19 points, followed with a layup off one of her six steals. Notre Dame ended its poor shooting from the free throw line, making 6 of 7 to put the game away.
* STANFORD 66, TEXAS TECH 63: Brooke Smith scored 21 points to lead the No. 15 Cardinal on the road, handing the 14th-ranked Lady Raiders their third straight loss.
Tech's LaToya Davis had a chance to tie it at 64 with 2.2 seconds remaining but missed the first of two free throws. On Davis's second attempt, Erin Grant got the rebound and was fouled with 1.6 seconds remaining.
She, too, missed the first and tried to bounce the second off the backboard so Tech (1-4) could get the rebound, but it went in to leave the Cardinal (3-1) ahead 64-63. Candice Wiggins sank two free throws to seal the win.
* DUKE 69, AUBURN 37: Monique Currie and Abby Waner each scored 14 points to help the No. 1 Blue Devils win the Duke Women's Basketball Classic.
Duke's Lindsey Harding was selected the MVP of the event, which Duke (5-0) has won 13 of its 17 years.
* U-CONN. 85, CLEVELAND ST. 51: Ann Strother and Mel Thomas each scored 19 points to lead the visiting, No. 8 Huskies.
Cleveland State (2-2) extended the nation's longest active streak of games with a three-point field goal to 362, but the Vikings couldn't keep up with Strother and Thomas, who helped U-Conn. (5-0) improve to 151-3 against unranked opponents since the 1999-2000 season.
* BAYLOR 74, MARSHALL 47: Sophia Young scored 22 points in just 21 minutes as the No. 5 Lady Bears (6-0) built a big lead quickly, then cruised past the Thundering Herd (2-2) in the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico.
The win extended the nation's longest winning streak to 26 games. The defending national champions have not lost since Jan. 22 at Texas.
* GEORGETOWN 77, LIPSCOMB 45: Sophomore Kieraah Marlow made 10 of 11 shots and finished with a game-high 23 points to lead the Hoyas in the consolation game of the Ball State Credit Union Classic in Muncie, Ind.
Freshman Katrina Wheeler (Theodore Roosevelt) recorded her first double-double for Georgetown (3-1), with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
* ARKANSAS ST. 74, G. MASON 66: Adrianne Davie scored a career-high 29 points and added 14 rebounds to lead the Lady Indians (3-1) past the Patriots (2-2) in the consolation game of the Duke Women's Basketball Classic.
Junior forward Tracy Ann Holness led George Mason with 21 points.
* NAVY 52, ST. FRANCIS (N.Y) 48: Betsy Burnett scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed a pair of key rebounds in the closing seconds to help the Midshipmen (3-1) win in Brooklyn, N.Y.
* TEMPLE 81, HAMPTON 38: Candice Dupree scored 20 points and had four blocked shots as the No. 21 Owls (5-0) dominated the host Lady Pirates (0-4).
* OHIO ST. 75, W. ILLINOIS 36: Jessica Davenport had 20 points and 11 rebounds as No. 4 Ohio State (3-0) routed the Westerwinds (3-1) in the Buckeye Classic championship.
* DEPAUL 76, WISCONSIN 57: In Honolulu, Khara Smith had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help the No. 17 Blue Demons win the Rainbow Wahine Classic.