Duke gave Notre Dame a good scare in women’s basketball on Monday night.
But a miracle just wasn’t in the cards.
Madison Cable’s 18 points led four players in double figures as No. 3 Notre Dame escaped unranked Duke 68-61 in women’s basketball at Cameron Indoor Stadium as part of ESPN’s Big Monday.
It was the 14th straight win for the Irish (21-1, 9-0 ACC) ever since their 91-81 loss at No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 5. Notre Dame has won its last 10 meetings with Duke.
Arike Ogunbowale scored 16 points for the Irish, followed by 12 points and 13 rebounds for Brianna Turner and 10 from Lindsay Allen.
Rebecca Greenwell had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Blue Devils, while Azura Stevens scored 14 points on her 20th birthday and Kyra Lambert chipped in 10.
Notre Dame shot 37.5 percent from the floor to the Blue Devils’ 33.3, though Duke won the rebound battle 49-42. Duke committed 12 turnovers to just five for the Irish.
Duke went on a 10-0 run to lead 39-37 with 5:40 to play in the third following an old-fashioned three-point play from Greenwell. Notre Dame went up 42-41 on a Turner free throw at 3:13, but the Blue Devils led 47-45 following an Amber Henson hook at the buzzer.
The Blue Devils led 55-50 following a Greenwell layup with 7:05 to play, but a Cable 3-pointer started a 9-0 Irish run to make it 59-55 with 3:19 left.
Duke went without a point for over six minutes as the Irish made their escape.
The Irish led 35-27 at halftime following Allen’s jumper at the buzzer. Ogunbowale had 12 points to lead Notre Dame at intermission, while Stevens had 10 for Duke.
Notre Dame shot 38.2 percent over the first half to the Blue Devils’ 30.0, and led by 11 rebounds from Turner had 24 rebounds to Duke’s 23 at the break. The Irish turned the ball over three times over the half to Duke’s six.
Notre Dame led 22-14 after the first period following a long buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Stevens.
NOTES: Notre Dame leads the all-time series 12-1. ... The Irish are 6-0 against Duke since joining the ACC. ... Notre Dame is 18-1 in games played in North Carolina. ... Duke hosts Virginia on Thursday night at 7. ... The Irish host N.C. State at the same time.