When the shots weren't falling in the first half, Jewell Loyd and No. 2 Notre Dame picked it up on the defensive end.
Up by just four points at halftime on Clemson, the Irish used a 17-4 run out of the break to take control in their ACC debut, a 71-51 win over the Tigers on Sunday.
Clemson hit just one of its first eight shots in the second half, and Loyd had a three-point play and a 3-pointer during the decisive Irish run.
"I was just trying to get it done on defense," said Loyd, who scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half. "We just weren't making shots. Maybe we were just trying to force it, but we'll make those shots with our eyes closed tomorrow."
After shooting just 28 percent in the first half, Notre Dame shot it at a 63 percent clip in the second half.
Natalie Achonwa had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Kayla McBride added 16 points for the Irish (13-0, 1-0 ACC) to extend their regular-season winning streak to 36 games, and home winning streak to 19.
When the Irish needed a basket, they looked to Achonwa down low. Notre Dame finished with 42 points in the paint.
No. 3 Duke 64, Georgia Tech 47: Elizabeth Williams had 18 points and 10 rebounds to help Duke beat Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Williams was 8-for-10 from the field, including 6-for-6 in the first half, as the Blue Devils (14-1, 1-0) defeated Georgia Tech for the 36th consecutive time. It was the second consecutive double-double for Williams, who also extended her streak of consecutive games with a blocked shot to 84.
Tricia Liston added 11 points while Haley Peters had 15 rebounds for the Blue Devils.
Ty Marshall had 18 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for Georgia Tech (10-4, 0-1). Marshall moved into second place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,744 points. She was the only Georgia Tech player in double figures.
No. 5 Tennessee 85, No. 19 Georgia 70: Ariel Massengale scored a career-high 28 points and Isabelle Harrison added 18 points and 10 rebounds to help Tennessee hold on for a victory over Georgia.
The Lady Volunteers (12-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) have won six straight and 14 of the last 15 series matchups with Georgia.
Krista Donald finished with 18 points and Tiaria Griffin added 15 for the Lady Bulldogs (12-3, 0-2 SEC).
During an 8-minute stretch of the second half, Georgia went on a 31-11 run to cut the lead to 76-70 with 1:12 remaining on Merritt Hempe's two free throws.
But Massengale followed with two free throws that pushed the lead back to eight, Donald committed an offensive foul and Tennessee went up 80-70 on a pair of foul shots by Andraya Carter.
Florida 83, No. 6 Kentucky 73: Jaterra Bonds scored 23 points to lead Florida to an upset of Kentucky for the Gators' eighth straight victory.
Florida (12-3, 2-0 SEC) trailed 70-69 with four minutes but outscored the Wildcats 14-3 the remainder of the game for the final margin. The Gators made 12 of 16 free throws in the last four minutes and Kentucky failed to muster a field goal in the last eight minutes.
Bonds led four players in double figures and scored eight of Florida's first 13 points as the Gators raced out to a 21-10 lead.
Ronni Williams followed Bonds with 19 points and January Miller and Christin Mercer added 10 points each.
Kentucky (12-2, 1-1) was led by Jennifer O'Neill with 15 points, while Samarie Walker followed with 10.
No. 8 Maryland 79, No. 10 North Carolina 70: Alyssa Thomas had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 8 Maryland beat North Carolina in the Terrapins' final ACC opener.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 16 points, Katie Rutan had 14 points and four 3-pointers and Thomas polished off her 13th consecutive double-double to help the Terps (13-1, 1-0 ACC) win their 11th straight.
Big Ten-bound Maryland led for all but about 90 seconds of this one but let much of an 18-point lead slip away before holding on to win its toughest test since a 72-55 loss to No. 1 Connecticut two months ago.
Stephanie Mavunga scored 15 points, Latifah Coleman had 13 and Diamond DeShields finished with 12 for the Tar Heels (12-3, 0-1).
With Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchell watching from a sideline television platform for the second straight game, UNC had its seven-game win streak snapped.
No. 9 Baylor 75, Kansas 55: Odyssey Sims scored 30 points while matching the Baylor record for career 3-pointers and the No. 9 Lady Bears stretched their home winning streak to 68 games with a win over Kansas.
All of those home wins span the career of Sims, the All-American senior point guard. The Lady Bears (12-1, 2-0 Big 12) have also won 42 consecutive conference games, and the conference streak is 51 in a row when including their three consecutive league tournament championships.
CeCe Harper led Kansas (7-7, 0-2) with 15 points and seven assists.
The game was marred late when Kansas guard Keyla Morgan was down face-first on the floor after a play under the Jayhawks basket with 1:18 left. Morgan was tended to for several minutes before being put on a stretcher and taken off the court. It wasn't immediately clear what the issue was.
No. 13 South Carolina 76, Vanderbilt 66: Alaina Coates scored a career-high 24 points, had 10 rebounds and three blocks as South Carolina defeated Vanderbilt.
Coates shot 11 of 16 from the field. She has scored 20 or more points four times this season. South Carolina (14-1, 2-0 SEC) won its fourth straight over Vanderbilt.
South Carolina had its largest lead, 52-35 with 17:09 remaining. Vanderbilt had a 20-9 run to pull within 63-55 with 7:18 to play. Coates answered with two layups to stretch the lead to 67-55 with 5:52 left.
Tiffany Mitchell scored 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Elem Ibiam added 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Gamecocks.
Christina Foggie scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half, and had five assists to lead Vanderbilt (12-3, 1-1). Jasmine Lister added 13 points for the Commodores.
No. 14 Iowa State 82, No. 25 Oklahoma 75, OT: Jadda Buckley scored 29 points to help Iowa State defeat Oklahoma in overtime.
The Cyclones (13-0, 2-0 Big 12) shot 45.5 percent and made 13 3-pointers. Buckley was 9 of 10 from the field and hit six from beyond the arc. Hallie Christofferson had 23 points for Iowa State and Nikki Moody contributed 13 with six assists.
Oklahoma (10-5, 1-1) was led by Morgan Hook with 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Sharane Campbell added 16 points with nine rebounds and five steals.
The Sooners grabbed a late lead when a Campbell steal and layup made it 69-67 with 21 seconds left. Moody was fouled after pulling down an offensive rebound and hit both free throws to send the game into overtime.
Buckley hit a 3-pointer and a layup in overtime, and Iowa State sank six late free throws to ice the game.
No. 15 Penn State 87, No. 22 Iowa 71: Maggie Lucas hit five 3-pointers on her way to 27 points to lead Penn State to a victory over Iowa.
Penn State (10-3, 1-0 Big Ten) won its second game against a ranked opponent this season. Iowa (12-3, 0-1) lost for the first time at home this season.
Iowa was down nine when back-to-back 3-pointers by Melissa Dixon and Samantha Logic pulled the Hawkeyes within 61-58 with 9:15 remaining. The Lady Lions answered with an 11-3 run to stretch the lead to 72-61 with 6:01 to play. Lucas made two free throws, a 3-pointer and a jumper during the run.
Iowa closed the gap to 79-67 with 3:57 left. Penn State finished with an 8-4 run, with Lucas scoring six points.
Dixon scored 22 points. Logic added 13 points with 12 assists to lead the Hawkeyes.
No. 16 LSU 63, Tulane 35: Reigning SEC scoring champion Theresa Plaisance, playing in her hometown, scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to power Louisiana State to a win over Tulane.
Coming off an 80-77 win at No. 5 Tennessee Thursday, LSU (12-2, 1-0 SEC) has won three straight after a loss at NC State now has won 29 of 35 meetings with the Green Wave all-time.
After being held to 13 first-half points, Tulane (9-4) started the second half on a 7-0 run to cut the LSU lead to 13 points with 17:30 to play, but the Green Wave managed only a Danielle Blagg 3-pointer over the next eight minutes as the Lady Tigers extended the lead to 42-23.
Jeanne Kenney led LSU with 17 points and DeShawn Harden added another 11 off the bench.
Jamie Kaplan scored 10 points to lead the Green Wave.
N.C. State 67, No. 20 Syracuse 62: Miah Spencer's layup with just over a minute to play put North Carolina State ahead and the Wolfpack sealed the win from the free throw line, knocking off Syracuse, in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools.
Syracuse, which joined the ACC after 31 seasons in the Big East, did not score after Brianna Butler's 3-pointer with 2:16 gave the Orange a two-point lead, 61-59. Syracuse (11-3, 0-1 ACC) is now 0-3 all-time against NC State and has lost back-to-back games, including a 63-60 loss to Arizona State that saw the Wildcats overcome a 25-point deficit.
Butler finished with 17 points to lead Syracuse.
Kody Burke scored 19 points to lead NC State (14-1, 1-0 ACC), with Markeisha Gatling adding 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Spencer finished with 12 points off the bench and Krystal Barrett added another 10 points.
No. 23 California 101, Oregon 98, OT: Reshanda Gray scored 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as California overcame a late rally from Oregon.
After Gray fouled out in overtime, Brittany Boyd broke a tie at 96 with a running bank shot on a drive to the hoop. Boyd then made 3 of 4 free throws in the final 20 seconds as Cal (10-3, 2-0 Pacific 12 Conference) held off Oregon (9-4, 0-2).
Cal's nine-point lead with two minutes left in regulation was erased by a 10-1 Oregon run, capped by a layup from Chrishae Rowe with seven seconds left. Boyd's 3-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark.
Boyd had 17 points and nine assists and Courtney Range scored 12 points to go along with 13 rebounds for Cal.
Rowe led Oregon with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Jillian Alleyne had 21 points and 12 rebounds.