Feb 11, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT
No overtimes were necessary at Purcell Pavilion tonight. The second-ranked Fighting Irish controlled the game from the opening tip, and then pulled away in the second half, on their way to a 93-64 victory against #10 Louisville.
Forty-eight hours after the schools’ men’s squads battled in a five-overtime epic on the same floor, the Notre Dame women played one of their most complete games of the season, leaving no doubt for the crowd of 8,368.
Natalie Achonwa led Notre Dame with 22 points and 12 rebounds, good for her 13th double-double of the season.
Skylar Diggins finished with 21 points and seven assists, while Kayla McBride (15 points), Jewell Loyd (12) and Ariel Braker (10) also finished in double digits. Loyd grabbed nine rebounds, coming up one shy of the second double-double of her young career.
Also worth noting, with the victory, Diggins and fellow co-captain Kaila Turner became the winningest senior class in program history. The duo has now won 118 games in a four-year span.
Additionally, Notre Dame’s 23-1 start matches the best ever for the Fighting Irish, who improved to 11-0 in BIG EAST play.
After the game, head coach Muffet McGraw was honored for picking up her 700th career victory last week at Villanova. Tonight’s was win #702 for McGraw, and with her contract signed through the 2021-22 season, we can hope to see many more for the 26th-year Irish head coach.
Check out UND.com for a full recap from Notre Dame’s impressive win.
About In The Paint
Women’s Basketball on YouTube
- RT @NDHockey: Congrats to @NDmbb on making the Elight 8! 34 minutes ago
- C'mon Irish!!! #Sweet16 http://t.co/LtarO7Ad3e 49 minutes ago
- RT @WatchND: VIDEO: @ndwbb in Sweet Sixteen: @jloyd32 and @LA_Cruisen meet with the media in OKC - watchnd.tv/#!/videos/5ibm… 3 hours ago
- RT @StephanieH131: Best of luck to @NDmbb & @ndwbb -- both competing in the #Sweet16! #GoIrish #MarchMadness 🏀🍀 6 hours ago
- RT @NDsidMasters: .@RalloIrishExtra details added adventures for @ndwbb during yesterday's trip to OKC for @NCAAWomensBKB regional: http://… 9 hours ago
Men’s Basketball on YouTube
- ONE of EIGHT. #NotDoneYet http://t.co/71oL6XSpGp 37 minutes ago
- #SCTop10 You know what play we are talking about ... DJ to ZA ... 🏀 #TheOop 1 hour ago
- RT @3rd_Goal: Love watching this @NDmbb team! So much fun!#GoIrish! 1 hour ago
- RT @horacegrant54: I'm liking this 2nd half so far! Keep it up @ThatGrant22 and @FightingIrish 1 hour ago
- WE SEE YOU Z.A.! ND 56 - WSU 46 11:33 2nd Half NCAA Regional Semifinal #NotDoneYet (Photo @GettyImages) http://t.co/b6UD1z1qDb 1 hour ago
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- W. Basketball. Loyd Selected As Finalist For 2015 Wade Trophy
- W. Basketball. Notre Dame Women's Basketball Sweet 16 Media Day
- M. Basketball. Sweet 16 Preview:  Notre Dame vs.  Wichita State
- M. Basketball. Sweet 61: Carr's Tourney Scoring Record Stands Test of Time