UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 23 points and Michaela Mabrey added 17 to help No. 2 Notre Dame rout Kansas 89-47 on Sunday at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge.
Notre Dame (7-0) got off to a slow start. The Irish only led 22-17 with 8:34 left in the first half before going on a 20-4 run to close it. Mabry got the burst started with a 3-pointer from the wing. Her second 3-pointer during the burst made it 32-21. Lindsay Allen also hit a 3 and had five points in the run.
The Irish led 42-21 at the half.
Things didn’t get much better for Kansas (5-2) in the second half as the Irish pulled away. Coach Muffet McGraw started emptying the bench before the midway point of the second half with her team up 40.
Before leaving the game, Loyd caught a gorgeous alley-oop pass for a lay-up from Lindsay Allen. She almost had another one off a half-court pass from Allen, but missed the shot.
Notre Dame: Before Sunday’s contest, the Irish had played a stretch of five games in seven days. Notre Dame hadn’t had a schedule like that in more than30 years.
Kansas: This was only the second meeting between the schools. The Jayhawks lost the other meeting in the regional semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
NEXT YEAR’S FIELD:
North Carolina headlines the tournament next year. Joining the Tar Heels will be Gonzaga, Southern California, West Virginia, Yale, Iona, Fairleigh Dickinson and Grand Canyon.
Notre Dame: Will play Maryland on Wednesday in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The men’s team is playing at home that night, so the arena wasn’t available.
Kansas: Will host Incarnate Word on Thursday before playing No. 14 Cal on Sunday.
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