Notre Dame Women's Basketball | Jan. 20, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw wanted to see how her undefeated team would respond to a test.
She got just the answer she wanted.
Kayla McBride scored 22 points to lead five players in double figures Monday as the second-ranked Fighting Irish erased an early 12-point deficit in an 86-70 victory over No. 11/10 Tennessee. Before Monday, Notre Dame (17-0) hadn't trailed by more than seven points all season.
"We're veterans," McGraw said. "I thought we're going to learn a good lesson, win or lose. It's going to help us down the road, prepare us for the ACC, (playing in) a great crowd, a hostile environment. We hadn't really seen anything quite this big this year. I thought it was just a great opportunity for us to see where we are."
Since losing the first 20 games in this series, Notre Dame has beaten Tennessee four straight times by an average margin of 17 points. Notre Dame continued its recent mastery of Tennessee by outscoring the Lady Vols 45-24 in the second half.