SOUTH BEND, IN -- 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.
TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Jessica Jenkins scored 22 points and Doris Ortega contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead St. Bonaventure to a 66-63 win Tuesday night against Marist and a spot in NCAA tournament's round of 16.
Leanne Ockenden missed a desperation 3-point shot at the buzzer for 13th- seeded Marist, which was lowest seed to advance into the second round.
The fifth-seeded Bonnies (31-3), making their first NCAA appearance, took the lead for good with 9:38 left on Chelsea Bowker's 3-point shot.
Marist (26-8) had a chance to tie the score at 64 with 1:25 left, but Kelsey Beynnon missed a free throw that would have completed a three-point play.
Jenkins made six 3-pointers.
Brandy Gang led Marist with 19 points, 14 coming in the second half.
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