Holly Warlick on UT's loss to Notre Dame
Notre Dame finished what Tennessee started Monday night.
Three consecutive 3-pointers by the Fighting Irish wiped out the remnants of a double-figure first-half deficit and set the stage for the real scoring surge.
They finished with an 86-70 women’s basketball victory over the Lady Vols before a crowd of 13,346 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Kayla McBride led five double-figure scorers with 22 points for No. 2 Notre Dame (17-0), which scored 45 points after halftime.
Meighan Simmons led No. 11 Tennessee (14-4) with 23 points. After a hot shooting start, the Lady Vols tailed off to 40.9 percent for the game.
Notre Dame hadn’t trailed in a game this season by more than seven points before Monday. But Tennessee led 26-18 within the first 10 minutes after a 3-pointer by Ariel Massengale, who had 14 first-half points.
The Fighting Irish came into the game as the nation’s most accurate shooters at 51.7 percent. The Lady Vols were more accurate for the first 20 minutes, hitting at a 55.9 percent clip.
The Lady Vols led by as many as 12 points and were a missed shot away from a 13-point advantage.
But their hot start added up to something of a missed opportunity after the Fighting Irish scored the final six points of the first half to close within 46-41.
Notre Dame’s leading scorer Jewell Loyd played only five minutes in the half because of foul trouble and McBride matched Massengale with 14 before the break.