Luckless Irish: Lady Vols pound Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Angie Bjorklund matched a career-high with seven 3-pointers for 21 points and Candace Parker added 20 points to lead No. 3 Tennessee to an 87-63 victory over 14th-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday.

The Lady Vols (12-1) took control from the start, forcing the Irish out of their normally pressing defense by making their first four 3-pointers, three of them by Bjorklund. Tennessee used a 22-2 run midway through the first half to open a 30-10 lead and were in control throughout.

Tennessee improved to 19-0 all time against the Irish (12-2), who had their winning streak stopped at 10 games.

Nicky Anosike added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Vols and Alexis Hornbuckle had 10 points. Charel Allen led the Irish with 17 points and Devereaux Peters had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Bjorklund had two 3-pointers during the run 22-3 and Shannon Bobbitt capped the run with a 3 to give Tennessee a 30-10 lead with 9:22 left in the first half. The Irish shot just 27 percent in the first half and trailed 41-22 at intermission.

The Lady Vols were 33-of-66 shooting from the field, the best performance by an opponent against the Irish this season. Behind 7-of-9 shooting by Bjorklund, Tennessee was 11-of-19 from 3-point range, matching a season-high for 3s. The 58 percent shooting from 3-point range also was a season best.

Notre Dame, which depends on its defense to ignite its offense, forced a season-low 14 turnovers.


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