The Boston College women’s basketball team has endured a rough stretch.
And it continued on Thursday night against second-ranked Notre Dame.
Kayla McBride scored 19 points, and the Fighting Irish used a 14-0 run late in the first half to take command en route to a 82-61 victory over the Eagles at Conte Forum.
‘‘I thought our team went toe-to-toe with a great team tonight,’’ Eagles coach Erik Johnson said. ‘‘They were clearly better than we are in a lot of areas. But I saw no fear and we went up against one of the great teams in the country.
‘‘I thought we clearly took a step forward tonight. I think we want to get better, learn from it, and embrace it. We’re going to get one of these sometime. How often do you have the No. 2 team in the country coming into your place with a chance to upset them?’’
BC has now lost nine of its last 11 games, a run that began with a 42-point loss at Notre Dame Jan. 9.
Kat Cooper scored 13 points, Katie Zenevitch had 12 with eight rebounds, and Nicole Boudreau registered a career-high seven assists for the Eagles (12-13, 3-9 ACC).
BC was without leading scorer Kristen Doherty, who sat out for precautionary reasons with concussion symptoms.
Jewell Loyd had 18 points for Notre Dame, which is off to its best start in school history.
The Fighting Irish (24-0 11-0) remain one of just two unbeaten teams in the country along with top-ranked Connecticut. The start surpasses the season-opening 23 straight wins by the 2000-01 team that went on to win the school’s first national championship.
Northeastern 78, William & Mary 57 — A’Lece Mark poured in 21 points, Jewel Tunstull scored 20, and the host Huskies raced to a 49-26 lead at the half en route to a victory.
Samantha DeFreese added 18 points and 14 rebounds for Northeastern (10-14, 4-7 CAA), which shot 54.9 percent (28 of 51) from the field.
The Tribe (5-17, 2-8) shot a meager 32.2 percent (19 of 59) from the field.
Fairfield 52, Rider 50 — Brittany Obi-Tabot’s 3-point play with three seconds left propelled the Stags in Bridgeport.
Obi-Tabot finished with 12 points while Katie Cizynski led Fairfield (16-8, 13-4 Metro Atlantic) with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Maryland 67, Miami 52 — Alyssa Thomas scored 18 points, leading the No. 9 Terrapins, who started the game on a 10-0 run, to their first win in Coral Gables, Fla., since 2009.
Maryland (20-4, 8-3 ACC) also outscored the Hurricanes, 15-6, in the final 4:55 of the first half.
Adrienne Motley scored 12 points for Miami (12-12, 4-7).
N.C. State 69, Clemson 63 — Markeisha Gatling scored 20 points to help the 10th-ranked Wolfpack (22-3, 9-2 ACC) edge the host Tigers (11-15, 3-9) in overtime.
Michigan State 85, Northwestern 70 — Adreian Payne had 20 points and 14 boards, and the ninth-ranked Spartans (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten) cruised at home.
Creighton 68, Butler 63 — Doug McDermott scored 26 points and made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 47.8 seconds left to give the No. 18 Bluejays a win in Indianapolis. Creighton (20-4, 10-2 Big East) has now won five of six and 15 of 17.
Wisconsin 78, Minnesota 70 — Frank Kaminsky scored 17 points, Nigel Hayes added 15, and the No. 21 Badgers (20-5, 7-5 Big Ten) topped the visiting Golden Gophers (16-9, 5-7).
N.C.-Wilmington 55, Northeastern 45 — David Walker netted 18 points, Scott Eartherton added 10 points and 16 rebounds, but the visiting Huskies fell to the Seahawks (8-19, 2-10 CAA).
Northeastern (8-18, 5-7) made just one field goal in the final five minutes, allowing North Carolina-Wilmington to close the game on a 15-4 run.
Quinnipiac 80, Fairfield 72 — Ike Azotam scored 23 points and Zaid Hearst 20 as the Bobcats defeated the Stags in Bridgeport.
Quinnipiac (16-8, 11-4 Metro Atlantic) took off to a 16-1 lead never trailed thereafter. Ousmane Drame added 17 points for the Bobcats, who were playing without six players because of injuries.
Maurice Barrow scored 18 points for Fairfield (5-21, 2-13).
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Because of inclement weather in the Northeast, a handful of games Thursday night were postponed. The men’s games involving Top 25 teams or New England schools that were put on ice were No. 13 Louisville at Temple, 23d-ranked SMU at Rutgers, Central Connecticut at St. Francis (N.Y.), Long Island at Sacred Heart, and Bryant at Mount St. Mary’s.