Against the Irish, WVU got out to an early lead, but as has been the case in many games since the loss of Meg Bulger to a season-ending knee injury, was unable to make plays down the stretch.
The game was closely contested for the first 35 minutes, with the Mountaineers, again following a pattern seen through much of the season, getting off to a good start. WVU spurted out to an early 19-10 lead and held a 28-24 halftime advantage, and appeared poised to gain the victory it needed to reach the postseason. However, Notre Dame scored the first five points of the second half to take the lead, and although West Virginia stayed in the game through much of the period, it took only one more Irish run, this time a 17-6 streak, to seal the Mountaineers' fate.
Chakhia Cole led WVU with 16 points, while Olayinka Sanni and LaQuita Owens Added 12. Britney Davis-White was held to just six points. WVU was hampered by the absence of Tameka Kelly, who sat out the game with dizziness. Notre Dame was led by Megan Duffy's 22, which included five three-pointers.
West Virgina travels to South Florida on Saturday in search of the elsuive win that will get them into the tournament.