Louisville Coach Jeff Walz finally got a strong effort from his front line. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, his backcourt let him down.
Freshman Shawnta' Dyer scored a season-high 16 points and the 16th-ranked Cardinals (14-4, 3-2 Big East) got 40 points from their post players in a 71-68 overtime loss at No. 8 Rutgers on Saturday.
"We got a great game out of all our posts," Walz said. "I know they can do that and that's encouraging to me. They are learning that college basketball isn't easy and you got to work at it. Now some of them are starting to realize that. They showed they can do this. I'm going to expect it."
The guards had a rough day. Shoni Schimmel, Bria Smith and Becky Burke were a combined 5-for-24 from the field, but also went 14-for-15 from the free-throw line.
Smith had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds of overtime but her drive down the lane came up short.
"I told Bria to attack the basket," Walz said. "I thought she did a nice job going in to score."
No. 2 Notre Dame 76, Cincinnati 50: The Fighting Irish won their 14th in a row, pulling away from host Cincinnati with their unrelenting defense and a balanced offense that did whatever it wanted.
The Fighting Irish (17-1, 5-0 Big East) completed a challenging stretch — four road games out of the last five. Their only home game during that stretch was a 74-67 overtime win that snapped Connecticut's 87-game Big East winning streak.
Former Lexington Catholic star Natalie Novosel scored 21 points and Devereaux Peters had 17 points for Notre Dame.
Novosel made back-to-back threes and a pair of free throws as Notre Dame quickly pushed the lead to 15 points. She had 18 points in the first half, which ended with Notre Dame ahead 42-21. Novosel has scored in double figures in her last 25 games, the second-longest streak in school history.
"It was just what the defense gave me," Novosel said. "I was hot, so I shot with confidence."
No. 21 DePaul 86, Pittsburgh 83: Former Lexington Christian standout Anna Martin scored 29 points to go with nine rebounds and four assists in the Blue Demons' win at home.
Lindsey Wilson 88, Georgetown 73: Ashley Rainey (Warren East) scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Lady Blue Raiders prevail at home.