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Novosel leads No. 8 Irish past No. 19 W. Virginia

Natalie Novosel scored 22 points to lead No. 8 Notre Dame to a 72-60 win over West Virginia on Tuesday night.

Devereaux Peters added 16 points for the Irish (23-5, 12-2 Big East), who beat the Mountaineers for the 18th time in 20 all-time meetings.

Sarah Miles scored 16 points and Madina Ali added 12 for West Virginia (21-7, 7-7). The Mountaineers trailed by double digits for most of the second half and lost for the fourth time in five games.

Notre Dame saw its nine-game winning streak end in a 78-57 loss at No. 2 Connecticut on Saturday in which the Irish shot just 36 percent from the floor.

Notre Dame bounced back against West Virginia, hitting 58 percent (30 of 52) of its field goals. Twenty-two of those 30 field goals came on layups against one of the nation's top scoring defenses.

The Irish didn't need any help from their bench, either. The starters scored all but five points and Notre Dame outrebounded West Virginia 40-31.

Notre Dame kept its attack-the-basket mantra going after building a 13-point halftime lead.

Ali, who's been bothered by a stress fracture in her lower leg most of the season, played just 4 minutes in the first half but answered after the break with hit a 3-pointer and a layup 27 seconds apart to bring West Virginia within 53-44 with 11 minutes left.

Peters then made a layup, Brittany Mallory followed with a 3-pointer and Notre Dame kept its lead in double digits the rest of the game.

Devereaux Peters scored the final six points of a 13-1 run that put the Irish ahead 28-14 with 5:54 left in the first half. West Virginia went 6 minutes between field goals before Sarah Miles hit the Mountaineers' final three baskets and they trailed 38-25 at halftime.

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