Jan. 24, 2009

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) -Laura Kurz scored 16 points, including a key layup and two free throws in the final 2:29, and Villanova beat No. 13 Notre Dame 55-48 on Saturday.

The Wildcats (11-8, 3-2 Big East) defeated the Fighting Irish for the first time since Feb. 7, 2006. It was their first win over a ranked team since beating No. 22 Boston College in the quarterfinals of the 2005 Big East Tournament.

Ashley Barlow scored 11 points and Erica Solomon grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds for Notre Dame (15-3, 4-2), which lost for the second time in three road games.

Villanova never trailed in leading by as many as 14 points in the first half and held a 30-20 advantage at halftime thanks to Notre Dame's 25 percent shooting (6-of-24).

Melissa Lechlitner's 3-pointer got the Irish within 49-48 with 2:54 left, but Kurz made a layup and two free throws and Maria Getty added two free throws to seal the victory.