ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Destinee Walker scored 27 points, freshman Sam Brunelle took over down the stretch and Notre Dame knocked off No. 21 Michigan 76-72 on Saturday.
The Wolverines led 63-60 when Amy Dilk made a layup with 7:32 to play. Brunelle and Walker made layups before a Brunelle 3 put the Irish up for good. Brunelle made the next two baskets for Notre Dame and Walker's layup pushed the lead to 73-67.
Defense made the difference for Notre Dame (4-2). With a layup at the buzzer, Michigan (4-1) was 2 of 13 from the floor in the fourth quarter with seven turnovers. In addition to missing nine straight shots, the Wolverines were only 7 of 12 from the foul line.
Anaya Peoples added 13 points for the Irish with Brunelle and Katlyn scoring 12 apiece. Walker matched her career high with five 3-pointers. Brunelle has scored in double figures every game, the longest career-opening streak in Irish history.
Naz Hillmon had 17 points and 16 rebounds for Michigan with Kayla Robbins grabbing 12 rebounds to go with 11 points. The Wolverines had a 53-24 rebounding advantage but had 24 turnovers and only shot 34%.
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Charisma Osborne made Three Point Jumper. Assisted by Japreece Dean.
C. Osborne made Three Point Jumper. Assisted by J. Dean.
Dean shows out on both ends
Japreece Dean dives to poke the ball loose from Destiny Slocum and hustles to drain a 3-pointer to tie the score.
Slocum goes behind the back to set up Tudor's 4-point play
Destiny Slocum outsmarts the UCLA defense and sets up Kat Tudor who drains the 3, plus the foul.