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Loyd scores 20 to lead No. 4 Irish women past FSU

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 20 points to help No. 4 Notre Dame beat Florida State 74-68 on Friday night.

Lindsay Allen had 18 points and Brianna Turner scored 12 of her 14 in the second half to help the Irish (13-1) win their ACC opener and extend their winning streak to 37 straight conference games dating back to 2012 when they were in the Big East.

Shakayla Thomas scored 18 points to lead Florida State (13-2), which snapped a nine-game winning streak. Morgan Jones had 14 and Leticia Romer, a transfer from Kansas State, scored 15 off the bench.

Trailing by nine early in the second half, the Irish went on an 11-0 run and took their first lead of the game on Madison Cable’s steal and layup with 12:46 left.

Jones knocked down consecutive jumpers to tie it, but Turner’s bucket in the paint and Taya Reimer’s steal and layup got the Irish advantage back up to four with 4:45 left.

Allen made a jumper with 1:10 to play to put the Irish up by seven.

Romero played in her second game for Florida State after being granted eligibility by the NCAA on Dec. 23. The sophomore guard scored 12 in the first half, and her 3-pointer with 7:40 left in the half gave FSU a 20-8 lead.

Notre Dame hit just 3 of its first 14 shots, but responded with an 11-2 run over the next 3 minutes.

Romero hit a fallaway jumper with 5 seconds left before halftime, but Allen’s 3-pointer from half-court at the buzzer cut Florida State’s lead to 29-28 at halftime.

The Seminoles opened the second half with a 10-2 run to build their lead back up before Notre Dame’s run got going.

TIP-INS

Notre Dame: Turner was named both ACC and national freshman of the week last week.

Florida State: The Seminoles have beaten a Top 25 team in 10 of the past 11 seasons. Notre Dame was the Seminoles’ first ranked opponent this season.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: At Syracuse on Sunday.

Florida State: At Clemson on Thursday.

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