Notre Dame again stops Duke
Duke’s third attempt at handing powerful Notre Dame its first women’s basketball loss was as unsuccessful as the first two.
Kayla McBride scored 26 points and tournament most valuable player Jewell Lloyd added 25 as No.2 Notre Dame beat the Blue Devils 69-53 in the ACC Tournament championship game at Greensboro Coliseum Sunday night.
Notre Dame (32-0) and No. 1 Connecticut (33-0) are the lone remaining unbeaten teams in Division I women’s basketball. The Huskies look to match Notre Dame by earning an automatic tournament bid when they play No. 3 Louisville in tonight’s American Athletic Conference championship game.
Playing in the ACC Tournament championship game for the 12th time in the past 15 years, Duke fell short in a quest for its ninth league title.
Senior Haley Peters scored 18 points for Duke while Elizabeth Williams added 17 points and 16 rebounds.
In regular-season play this season, Notre Dame posted wins over Duke by scores of 88-67 and 81-70.
Sunday night’s game was tied at halftime and Duke took a four-point lead early in the second half. But a 21-4 Notre Dame run, fueled by 13 points from Lloyd over a six-minute span, allowed the Irish to pull away from the Blue Devils once again.
Duke (27-6) now awaits the March 17 NCAA Tournament selection where it will learn which teams will join it at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament March 22-24.