Novosel leads No. 18 Notre Dame over Butler
Novosel, the tournament MVP, scored the first five points of the second half for Notre Dame (5-2), opening up a 20-point lead with a breakaway layup and 3-pointer from the corner.
Brittany Mallory hit 3s on consecutive possessions later in the half, and Kayla McBride made a slashing reverse layup with 12:36 remaining to give the Irish a 24-point lead.
Brittany Bowen and Terra Burns scored 14 each for Butler (3-3), while Chloe Hamilton had 11.
Kayla McBride, Devereaux Peters and Skylar Diggins all had 11 points for Notre Dame, and Becca Bruszewski finished with 10.