Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) - Jewell Loyd poured in 27 points and Kayla
McBride tallied 22 points and 10 rebounds as the top-seeded Notre Dame
Fighting Irish made easy work of the 16th-seeded Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks,
97-64, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Loyd shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line and McBride added five assists
and four steals for Notre Dame (32-1), which has won 27 consecutive games and
will face either Miami-Florida or Iowa in the second round. Natalie Achonwa
scored 16 points and ripped down eight rebounds, while Skylar Diggins had 10
points and six assists.
For UT Martin (19-15), Heather Butler led all scorers with a season-high 37
points and was stellar from 3-point range (6-of-11), but she also turned the
ball over six times. Jasmine Newsome added 15 points and five assists for the
UT Martin trailed by just seven with four minutes to play in the opening
stanza, but Notre Dame ended the frame on an 11-0 run to go into intermission
with a 49-31 lead. The Irish shot 51.5 percent from the floor in the first
Notre Dame picked up right where it left off in the second half, using an 11-2
run to take a 60-33 advantage less than four minutes in, and it never looked
back from there.
The Irish shot an outstanding 19-of-20 from the free-throw line, which helped
mask a poor showing from 3-point range (2-of-11).
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