HARTFORD, Conn. – Devereaux Peters had 19 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks to help No. 7 Notre Dame beat Louisville 63-53 on Sunday night in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
The Irish (25-6) will play DePaul on Monday night in the semifinals. It will be a rematch of last Monday night's game in which the Blue Demons scored with about 6 seconds left to edge the Irish by one point. That win earned DePaul the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
With top-seeded UConn and fourth seed Rutgers advancing it will be only the third time in the past decade that the top four seeds advanced to the semifinals.
Leading 26-24 with 2 minutes left in the first half, Peters keyed a 22-5 spurt over the next 8 minutes to help the Irish take control.
Louisville could only get within six the rest of the game.
Shoni Schimmel scored 12 to lead the Cardinals (20-12).
Peters was all over the court for the Irish. She scored 13 points during the game-changing run, including eight straight at one point. With Notre Dame leading 40-29, she had a block on one end of the floor and then a three-point play on the other side.
Skylar Diggins followed with a 3-pointer and Peters another layup to give the Irish a 19-point advantage.
Louisville wasn't done, rallying over the next 6 minutes with Peters on the bench. Schimmel's pull-up in the lane started a 16-4 spurt. Charmaine Tay followed with a three-point play and Schimmel's 3-pointer with 8:12 left made it 52-45.
Peters was on the bench during the Cardinals' run and Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw put her back in to restore order.
Diggins hit a 3 to make it a 10-point game. She finished with 14 points.
Louisville cut it to six with 2:32 left on Monique Reid's lay-in, but the Irish scored the next five points to seal the win.
Reid, who leads the Cardinals in scoring, was held to just six points.
The Cardinals advanced to the quarterfinals with a 69-47 victory over Villanova. After Saturday's win coach Jeff Walz quipped that it wouldn't be too hard to adjust from Villanova's slow plodding style to Notre Dame's fast-paced offense.
Louisville hung around for the first 20 minutes despite shooting 38 percent and committing 13 turnovers.