CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Anaya Peoples scored 18 points, Destinee Walker added 17 and the Notre Dame women broke away after halftime to defeat No. 21 South Florida 67-51 in the Cancun Challenge on Saturday.
The Bulls came into the tournament at 5-1 but suffered three straight losses.
Holding a 25-24 lead at halftime, Notre Dame scored 24 points in the third quarter to lead 49-37 heading into the final period. Peoples scored seven points in the final 4:24 of the third as the Irish closed on a 12-3 clip.
The Fighting Irish (5-4), shot 48% from the floor (25 of 52) with 13 assists and scored 23 points off 18 USF turnovers.
Katlyn Gilbert added 11 points for the Irish with eight rebounds and Sam Brunelle chipped in 10 points.
For the second consecutive game, Elena Tsineke led USF in scoring, putting in 12 points, but was 4-for-14. The Bulls shot 28%, making 20 of 72 field goals, but were perfect at the foul line in 23 tries.
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