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Ogunbowale's 27 points lead No. 5 Irish over No. 6 Lady Vols

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame's biggest-ever comeback win was also a bounceback from its recent humiliation by a top-10 opponent.

Arike Ogunbowale scored 27 points, and the fifth-ranked Irish rallied from a 23-point deficit early in the second quarter to beat No. 6 Tennessee 84-70 on Thursday night.

The Irish (17-2) came back behind an aggressive defense that forced 28 turnovers by Tennessee (16-2), including 15 in the second half. The previous biggest deficit that the Irish had overcome in a victory was an 18-point hole against Duke in the Junkaroo Jam on Nov. 26, 2011.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut17-0
2 Louisville20-0
3 Mississippi State19-0
4 Baylor16-1
5 Notre Dame17-2
6 Tennessee16-2
7 Oregon17-3
8 Ohio State16-3
9 Texas14-3
10 South Carolina15-3
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut17-0
2 Notre Dame17-2
3 Mississippi State19-0
4 Louisville20-0
5 Florida State17-2
6 Ohio State16-3
7 Oregon17-3
8 Tennessee16-2
9 UCLA14-4
10 Texas14-3
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