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SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame trails Baylor 33-27 at halftime in Purcell Pavilion as the Bears surged ahead in the final 7 ½ minutes of the first half.

The No. 5 Irish had built a 20-11 lead thanks to runs of 9-0 and 7-0 in the first 12 ½ minutes.

But Baylor outscored Notre Dame 22-7 in the final 7 ½ minutes to take the lead at the break.

The Irish forced five turnovers in the game's first four minutes and got five more before the half. But Notre Dame only shot 31.4 percent (11 of 35) and committed six turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

Irish freshman guard Jewell Loyd scored 15 points in the opening half, but guard Skylar Diggins was held scoreless.

Baylor shot 55.6 percent (15 of 27). Brooklyn Pope scored 12 in the opening half, and Brittney Griner scored 10 with eight of those points coming in the last 6 minutes of the half.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.