Women's College Basketball

 
            === Notre Dame downs Baylor, advances to Final Four ===
 
 Notre  Dame, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Jewell Loyd netted a team-high 30 points
 and  pulled  down five rebounds as  the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the
 Baylor  Lady  Bears, 88-69,  in  the  Notre  Dame  regional final  at  Purcell
 Pavilion to advance to the Final Four.
 
 Natalie  Achonwa  tallied a double-double  with 19  points and 15 rebounds for
 Notre  Dame  (36-0), which will play  the winner of Maryland and Louisville on
 April  6  in the national semifinals.  Kayla McBride chipped in 11 points with
 five  assists, and  Ariel Braker  scored 10  points with  six boards  and four
 steals in the win.
 
 Odyssey  Sims was the only player to net a double-digit point total for Baylor
 (32-5)  on  the night, scoring  33 points with  five rebounds, six assists and
 nine turnovers. Sune Agbuke grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds in the loss.
 
 Notre  Dame  connected on  45.7 percent of  its field goal  tries in the first
 half,  which  included a 1-of-6  performance from  beyond the 3-point arc. The
 Irish  took a  44-32 lead  into the  intermission after  Baylor hit  just 32.5
 percent of its shot attempts from the floor.
 
 The Fighting Irish dropped their shooting accuracy down to 38.7 percent in the
 second  half,  but went an  impressive 19-of-20  from the free-throw line. The
 Lady  Bears improved  their shooting  touch in  the period,  but only  to 35.5
 percent.  Notre  Dame increased  its already  double-digit lead throughout the
 second frame to remain perfect on the season.
 
 Notre  Dame  outscored Baylor from the  free-throw line, 30-15, and forced the
 Lady  Bears  into committing 17  turnovers in the  contest that resulted in 19
 points off turnovers.
 
 
 
 
 03/31 22:28:22 ET

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