DURHAM, N.C. – The Notre Dame women’s basketball team has made itself right at home — both in the Atlantic Coast Conference and especially at hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The second-ranked Fighting Irish turned the realigned ACC’s game of the year into yet another blowout, routing third-ranked Duke 88-67 on Sunday while handing the Blue Devils their first ACC loss at home since 2008.
Kayla McBride collected 23 points and 11 rebounds, Jewell Loyd scored 17 points and Lindsay Allen and Natalie Achonwa scored 15 apiece.
“We’re going to have some tough games like that going down the road,” McBride said. “We’re in a new conference, new environments. I just think it’s a good challenge for us.”
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Notre Dame (21-0, 8-0 ACC) never trailed, shot 61.8 percent and held Duke to a season-worst 39.1 percent shooting.
“It’s a good win for us in February,” Fighting Irish coach Muffet McGraw said. “We’ve got a tough stretch in front of us, and we’re not the type of team that likes to rest.”
Tricia Liston scored 23 points for Duke (21-2, 8-1).
Blue Devils coach Joanne P. McCallie said, “You’ve got to think about your defense more than you think about your offense. If you score 16 but the other person scores 30, it’s not exactly a productive day.”
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At No. 5 Louisville 79, South Florida 59
Tia Gibbs scored 19 points, making five three-pointers, to help the Cardinals (22-1, 10-0 American Athletic) beat the Bulls (11-10, 6-4). Louisville has won 15 in a row.
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At Indiana 63, No. 10 Michigan 52
Guard Yogi Ferrell scored 27 points and played tight defense on Nik Stauskas to lead the Hoosiers (14-8, 4-5 Big Ten) past the Wolverines (16-5, 8-1).
Ferrell made 7 of 8 three-point shots and held forward Stauskas to six points, 12 below his average.
Michigan, which won its previous 10 games, had its lowest point total of the season.
“I think it’s really good for us,” Wolverines coach John Beilein said of the loss. “I didn’t think we were going to go undefeated.”