SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Lindsay Allen scored a career-high 17 points, Jewell Loyd added 14 and No. 5 Notre Dame beat Michigan 70-50 on Saturday.
The Irish (10-1), coming off a loss to No. 2 Connecticut and an overtime victory at No. 25 DePaul, shot 52 percent against the Wolverines and held Michigan to 35 percent.
But the Irish couldn’t shake the Wolverines until they used a 13-4 run in the second half to open an 18-point lead. The Irish pulled away, extending the lead to 68-45 on a layup by Kathryn Westbeld.
Cyesha Goree led Michigan (6-3) with 17 points and 11 rebounds, the only player in double figures for the Wolverines. The Irish had a 38-30 rebounding advantage..
The Notre Dame players came out for pregame warmups wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts, in support of the family of Eric Garner, who died in July after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold while trying to arrest him.
The players had the OK from coach Muffet McGraw and the university to wear the shirts. The starters took them off for the pregame introductions, while the reserves kept them on.
Loyd started the second-half run when she drove the baseline for a layuyp, and Allen quickly followed with a layup and 3-pointer. Loyd then made a 15-foot jumper and Westbeld added a fastbreak layup.
Michigan struggled shooting early, making just two of its first 13 shots. The Wolverines fell behind 22-9 after consecutive layups by Taya Reimer and Hannah Huffman.
But Madison Ristovski hit a 3-pointer to get the Wolverines going, followed by a three-point play by Katelynn Flaherty to cut into the lead.
Michigan eventually trimmed it to 24-19 on a layup by Cyesha Goree before the Irish used a 9-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Madison Cable, to take a 33-21 lead.
The Irish led 35-24 at halftime.
Notre Dame beat the Wolverines for the fifth time in their last six meetings and improved to 11-7 all-time against Michigan. The Irish are 8-1 against Michigan at Purcell Pavilion.
Michigan lost consecutive non-conference games for the first time since coach Kim Barnes Arico took over to start the 2012-13 season. The Wolverines fell to 0-28 all-time against teams ranked in the top five.
Notre Dame: Hosts Saint Joseph’s of Philadelphia, McGraw’s alma mater, on Dec. 21.
Michigan: Plays Canisius at home on Friday.
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