No. 9 Lady Vols fall to No. 2 Notre Dame 77-67

No. 9 Lady Vols fall to No. 2 Notre Dame 77-67

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Ariel Massengale (right) is guarded by Skylar Diggins in the second half of Monday's game. Ariel Massengale (right) is guarded by Skylar Diggins in the second half of Monday's game.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Skylar Diggins scored a career-high 33 points Monday as Notre Dame held off a late rally and beat Tennessee 77-67.

The win was Notre Dame's 14th in as many games. The Lady Vols had a nine-game winning streak before the loss.

Though Tennessee was able to cut a 19-point deficit down to five in the closing minutes of the game, Diggins and the Fighting Irish were too much to overcome.

Bashaara Graves scored 19 points and 13 rebounds for Tennessee. Taber Spani added 12 points and Meighan Simmons had 11 points.

Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison injured her left knee in the first half while driving to the basket. There was no immediate word on the 6-foot-3 sophomore's condition.

Notre Dame is the first team to beat both Connecticut and Tennessee in three consecutive seasons.

Before the game former Lady Vols greats Tamika Catchings, Chamique Holdsclaw, Michelle Marciniak and Candace Parker were on hand as a large banner was raised in Thompson-Boling Arena to honor former head coach Pat Summitt.

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