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No. 3 Notre Dame's 38-2 second half run fuels a blowout of Holy Cross

  • Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw, left, talks with guard Michaela Mabrey in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Holy Cross, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw, left, talks with guard Michaela Mabrey in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Holy Cross, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)  (The Associated Press)

  • Holy Cross guard Lisa Mifsud, front, drives around Notre Dame forward Brianna Turner in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Holy Cross guard Lisa Mifsud, front, drives around Notre Dame forward Brianna Turner in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)  (The Associated Press)

Brianna Turner had 19 points and seven rebounds for No. 3 Notre Dame, which used a 39-2 run in the second half to blow out Holy Cross, 104-29 in the first round of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Challenge.

Jewell Loyd added 17 points, six rebounds and five assists for Notre Dame (4-0), which opened up a double-digit lead less than four minutes in, pushing the tempo as high as possible. That advantage reached 20 points after a Loyd coast-to-coast drive and layup at the 7:40 mark, and was up to 30 by halftime.

Kate Gillespie came in averaging 15.7 points, but scored just six, one of three Crusaders with that total. Holy Cross (0-4) shot just 18.6 percent from the field (11 of 59) and was outrebounded 63-32.