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SOUTH BEND, Ind. . -- The tenaciousness of top-ranked Notre Dames defense, the speed of its offense and a crowd of 8,106 overwhelmed No. 17 Washington early in the Preseason WNIT final on Sunday and the Huskies never recovered.The Fighting Irish jumped to a 12-0 start and led 25-8 at the end of the first quarter en route to a 71-60 victory on Sunday as Arike Ogunbowale led Notre Dame with 17 points and Kathryn Westbeld added 14 points and eight rebounds. Ogunbowale and Marina Mabrey had four steals each as Notre Dame forced 17 turnovers, leading to 19 points.Transition is our game. We want to get out and run, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. I think thats one of the things were known for.Washington coach Mike Neighbors said the male players who the Huskies normally practice against werent available the past few days so it made it tougher to prepare for Notre Dames speed.Wow are they fast, he said.After trailing by as many as 20 points early in the second quarter and 19 late in the third quarter, the Huskies (3-1) closed to 63-53 on a basket by Chantel Osahor with 5:53 left. But Ogunbowale hit a basket inside and Turner hit a free throw and scored on a rebound as the Irish regained control.Turner added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Irish (4-0).Kelsey Plum, who entered the game averaging 30 points, finished with 22 points on 7 of 19 shooting, including 2 of 6 from 3-point range. Plum credited Notre Dames defense.They sat on my left hand the entire game. They made me take a step back, fadeaway jump shots, and I didnt knock as many down as I should have, she said.The Huskies entered the game shooting 48.2 percent from 3-point range, but only shot 32 percent on Sunday.Washington, which hadnt trailed by more than seven points in its first three games, missed their first five shots and had four turnovers while the Irish hit 5 of 8 shots.I think once we got punched in the mouth we just settled down, and said, `Thats OK. Thats why theyre No. 1 in the country. Lets start playing basketball now. So I think that initial punch, it was cool to see our team battle throughout and play them even, Plum said. I think that will help us in the tournament and future big games. I think well be a little bit more prepared from the jump.BIG PICTUREWashington: The Huskies, playing on the road for the first time, struggled shooting early and couldnt hit consistently from 3-point range as they usually do. ... They fell 0-7 all-time against teams ranked No. 1.Notre Dame: After struggling both offensively and defensively in a four-point win against Green Bay, the Irish played much better at both and in extending their home winning streak to 34 games.POLL IMPLICATIONSWashington: The Huskies outscored the Irish 52-46 after a slow start so the loss shouldnt hurt them in the poll and could help them.Notre Dame: The win over a ranked team might be enough to keep hold of the top ranking, although the Irish could be hurt by the way they struggled to a four-point win over Green Bay on Thursday.HE SAID IT:Were not used to playing in front of 8,100 people. So that had a lot to do with it, Neighbors said.UP NEXTWashington: The Huskies host Idaho on Tuesday and Seattle on Saturday before playing at Portland on Sunday.Notre Dame: The Irish play Louisiana-Lafayette in Houston on Tuesday, a neutral-site home game for the Irish so Turner can play near her home in Pearland, before returning home to face TCU at home on Saturday. . Louis Blues. Shane Hnidy joins Brian Munz for the broadcast on TSN 1290 Radio at 7pm ct. . -- Mike Smith never saw his first NHL goal go in. .1 million pounds ($61.2 million) on Saturday, giving the beleaguered English Premier League champions a major lift. SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- After Thursday nights loss to the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly said he plans to examine everything in the coming days, including the potential for a change at quarterback from Blaine Gabbert to Colin Kaepernick.I dont think anybody played well on offense, Kelly said. Nobody did.The coach has stood by Gabbert as his starter for the first five weeks, but Kelly will put the quarterback position under the microscope in the next 10 days before the 49ers game at Buffalo.I think were going to look at everything, Kelly said. We are 1-4, we have got to make sure were going out there and giving us the best chance to win so were going to look at everything.Kelly said Gabbert played his best game of the season last week against Dallas, but Kelly didnt have a similar opinion of Gabberts performance in Thursday nights 33-21 loss. Gabbert finished 18-of-31 for 162 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for a QBR of 47.9 and a passer rating of 56.1. Gabbert also absorbed seven sacks.Its extremely frustrating, Gabbert said. I let this team and this organization down tonight and did not play good whatsoever, and thats on me. I had two crucial turnovers there that led to points for the Cardinals and that was the difference in the game right there. I got to do a better job protecting the football and leading this team to scoring more points and winning games.Late in the third quarter, with cornerback Chris Davis being tended to with a knee injury, a large group of 49ers fans began loudly chanting, We want Kaep. Former 49ers tackle Anthony Davis even took to Twitter to advocate a change to Kaepernick.Kaepernick changed and quickly departed the Niners locker room after the loss. He did not speak to reporters, but Gabbert was standing a few feet away in the auditorium where Kelly was answering questions about his job security.Gabbert said he understood why Kelly would want to evaluate the position before the teams Oct. 16 game in Buffalo.Yeah, Ive got to play better, Gabbert said. Theres no question to that. Ive got to do a better job leading this football team, executing this offense, scoring points, winning games, the whole nine yards. Thats just the way it goes. Ive got to play better.In the past, Kelly has refraained from considering a change in part because he didnt believe Kaepernick was in peak physical condition. Kaepernick spent most of the offseason recovering from shoulder, thumb and knee injuries and then had a setback during the preseason because of right shoulder fatigue.Kelly has said hed like to see Kaepernick get closer to his former 225-pound playing weight, believing that would potentially give him the chance to play at a high level -- similar to his success in 2012 and 13.Kelly also confirmed that Gabbert has been better than Kaepernick in practice, though the coach acknowledged that hasnt carried over to games.Blaine has done a really nice job in practice, yes, Kelly said. I would expect us to execute in practice now. Its a controlled environment; youre in a lot of trouble if youre not having any success in practice, either. I think thats what we have to make sure we can do is can we take it from the practice field to the game field, and were not doing that right now on the offensive side of the ball.Through the first five games, Gabbert ranks near the bottom of the NFL in yards per attempt, yards per game and passer rating. According to Elias Sports Bureau research, Gabbert fell to 9-31 in his career as a starter with Thursday nights loss, which tied him with Warren Moon for the second-worst record through a quarterbacks first 40 career starts since 1970.When Kaepernick last played, he wasnt faring much better. He was 26th in the NFL in QBR, 27th in completion percentage and 29th in yards per attempt during the first eight weeks of the 2015 season before landing on injured reserve.Kelly said the discussion and decision on quarterback wont be made right away, but he did say it would be his choice and that general manager Trent Baalke doesnt get involved in such matters.Any decision thats made with the current roster is a coaching staff thing, Kelly said. Trent had never come in and said this guy has to play or that guy has to play. Trent does a great job of acquiring talent and getting players on this football team, but hes never once told me who has to play where and what the lineup is and all that. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '