"I thought we attacked and went hard to the basket," he said. "Somehow they got to the line 26 times. Stuff happens, I guess."
Walz was visibly unhappy about the officiating at times, complaining when a foul against Achonwa was overturned and changed into a traveling call and again when Jude Schimmel was called for a foul with 0.1 seconds left in the first half when Diggins attempted a 25-foot running shot as she tried to beat the buzzer. "Danielle, welcome to Notre Dame," a frustrated Walz yelled toward Big East associate commissioner Danielle Donehew at the end of the court.
Kayla McBride added 15 points, Jewell Loyd 12 points and nine rebounds, and Ariel Braker scored 10 for the Irish. Antonita Slaughter had 16 points and Shoni Schimmel had 13.
Although the game wasn't as exciting as the men's game, the crowd of 8,368 still got into the game, letting out a loud cheer when Loyd scored on a fastbreak layup to give the Irish an 85-60 lead and again when Madison Cable hit a 3-pointer to give the Irish a 90-62 advantage.
The win marked just the fourth time in 10 tries the home team has won in the series.
"That's a great win for us, to come in and play that well against a really good team," McGraw said.