TAMPA — Muffet McGraw was not impressed with Notre Dame's latest victory.
Natalie Novosel scored 12 of her 19 in the second half to lead the eighth-ranked Irish past USF 76-68 on Saturday night, handing the Bulls their ninth loss in 10 games.
"It was a good scare for us," McGraw said. "I think it showed us that we've got to come out and play our game, and that's defense. We didn't do that, so I think we learned a really good lesson and won at the same time."
Andrea Smith had 20 points for USF (10-13, 1-8 Big East), which got within seven in the final minute. The Fighting Irish, who outscored the Bulls 28-14 at the free-throw line, hit three in the final 35 seconds.
"I'm very pleased with the effort, and I would expect nothing less," USF coach Jose Fernandez said.
Smith's 3-pointer capped the late run that drew the Bulls within 73-66 with 44 seconds left.
"She hasn't practiced the past few days; she's had the flu," Fernandez said. "That just shows the type of student-athlete she is."
Skylar Diggins had 17 points for Notre Dame (20-4, 9-1), which has won seven in a row since losing 79-76 to No. 2 Connecticut on Jan. 8. The Fighting Irish have won 20 or more games in 21 of McGraw's 24 years at the school.
TAMPA 79, LYNN 68: Taja Green had 25 points and made 4 of 5 3-pointers for the host Spartans (16-5, 8-3 Sunshine State), who swept the season series.
ECKERD 68, ROLLINS 51: Kati Rausberg had 24 points, and the host Tritons (13-8, 6-5 SSC) won for the third time in four games and beat the Tars for the second time this season.
NOVA SE 66, SAINT LEO 52: Stephanie Sarosi had 22 points and nine rebounds for the visiting Sharks, who handed the Lions (9-13, 1-10 SSC) their fourth straight loss.
NO. 2 UCONN 89, NO. 9 DEPAUL 66: Maya Moore had 34 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Huskies (22-1, 10-0 Big East), who won for the 100th time in their past 101 games and the 74th straight time at home.
NO. 4 STANFORD 91, ARIZONA 61: Jeanette Pohlen made five 3-pointers, all five Stanford starters scored in double figures and the visiting Cardinal (20-2, 11-0) matched its record of 48 straight Pac-10 victories.
NO. 6 TEXAS A&M 79, TEXAS TECH 65: Danielle Adams had 22 of her 26 points in the second half as the Aggies (19-2, 7-1 Big 12) handed the host Raiders their fifth straight loss.
NO. 7 XAVIER 70, DAYTON 66, OT: Amber Harris had 16 points, including a three-point play with 55 seconds left in overtime, for the visiting Musketeers (19-2, 8-0 Atlantic 10).
NO. 13 OKLA. 65, NO. 22 IOWA ST. 62: Danielle Robinson had 20 points for the host Sooners (17-5, 7-2 Big 12), who hit one basket in the final 11 minutes but pulled it out after blowing a 14-point halftime lead over the Cyclones (16-6, 4-4).
PITT 60, NO. 14 W. VA. 53: Taneisha Harrison had 30 points and the Panthers finished the game with an 11-0 run to snap a 31-game home winning streak by the Mountaineers (20-4, 6-4 Big East).
NO. 17 G'TOWN 55, CINCINNATI 38: Rubylee Wright had 14 points to lead the host Hoyas (19-5, 7-3 Big East) to their fifth straight win.
NO. 21 WIS.-GREEN BAY 84, YOUNGSTOWN ST. 25: Celeste Hoewisch scored 14 of her 20 in the first half for the host Phoenix (22-1, 11-0 Horizon League).
NO. 23 MARQUETTE 55, ST. JOHN'S 52: Tatiyiana McMorris hit a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left as the host Golden Eagles (19-4, 7-3 Big East) won their fourth straight game.