Women's College Basketball

 
         === Notre Dame has little trouble cruising past Louisville ===
 
 South  Bend, IN  (Sports Network) - Monday's Notre Dame-Louisville matchup was
 not  nearly as dramatic  as the men's game between the schools on Saturday, as
 the  second-ranked Fighting  Irish rolled through the No. 10 Cardinals, 93-64,
 for their 18th straight victory.
 
 Two days after Notre Dame's men's team outlasted Louisville in a five-overtime
 Top-25  thriller  on the same floor,  the women Fighting Irish made sure there
 was no doubt this one ended in regulation.
 
 Natalie  Achonwa recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds and Skylar Diggins chipped
 in  21 points  with seven assists in  the rout. The pair combined to shoot 17-
 of-24 (71 percent) from the field.
 
 The  Irish (23-1, 11-0 Big East) had three more double-digit scorers, as Kayla
 McBride scored 15 points, Jewell Loyd had 12 and Ariel Braker followed with 10
 as they improved to 7-1 against ranked foes this season.
 
 Louisville  (20-5,  8-3) came  in sporting  a six-game  winning streak and the
 fourth best scoring defense in the Big East, but allowed Notre Dame to shoot a
 scorching 57 percent from the field.
 
 Bria  Smith  and Antonita Slaughter netted  18 and 16 points, respectively, in
 defeat.
 
 Notre  Dame never trailed and used a 15-3 run late in the first half to turn a
 three-point  lead into a comfortable 37-22 cushion following a Michaela Mabrey
 bucket with under 4 1/2 minutes on the clock.
 
 It  was a  46-35 at the break,  and Achonwa's putback early in the second half
 capped a 15-2 flurry that stretched the margin to 63-42.
 
 The  Cardinals  never threatened  from there in  dropping their sixth straight
 meeting with the Irish.
 
 With  the win, the two-player senior class of Diggins and Kaila Turner set the
 program's highest four-year win total by a senior class with 118.
 
 
 
 
 
 02/11 23:41:56 ET

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