Natalie Novosel scored 28 points and top-seeded Notre Dame pulled away in the second half to beat California 73-62 on Tuesday night and earn a spot in the NCAA tournament's round of 16.
Skylar Diggins added 21 points and Devereaux Peters 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Irish (32-3). Novosel was 18-for-20 from the free throw line.
The Irish started the second half with a 10-2 run and came up with five early steals, setting off the partisan crowd at Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame led by as many as 17.
Cal (25-10), tied with the Irish 31-31 at the half, got 17 points from Layshia Clarendon and 15 from Reshanda Gray. But the Golden Bears were hurt by 19 turnovers.
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