RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Fourth-ranked Notre Dame didn’t do a particularly good job protecting the basketball nor getting freshman big Brianna Turner going.
Yet the Fighting Irish were still good enough to close out a second dominating regular-season run through the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Jewell Loyd scored 16 points to help Notre Dame beat North Carolina State 67-60 on Sunday, winning a 14th straight game and clinching a second straight outright ACC title.
“I couldn’t be happier with where we are right now,” Irish coach Muffet McGraw said.
Madison Cable added 12 points for the Fighting Irish (28-2, 15-1 ACC), who had already clinched the No. 1 seed for the league tournament in Greensboro. Turner, who came in averaging 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds, finished with eight points on 4-for-4 shooting.
Notre Dame shot 54 percent but committed 21 turnovers, though the Irish didn’t take firm control of this one until midway through the second half.
The Fighting Irish improved to 34-1 against ACC opponents in its two years in the league. They completed a 19-0 sweep to the league’s regular-season and tournament titles last season, with the only league loss coming at Miami in early January.
“It’s pretty awesome but we’ve still got a lot of work to do and still have a long way to reach our goals,” Loyd said of the 34-1 record. “We’ll celebrate it for now but we’ve still got work to do.”
Notre Dame took control with a 13-2 spurt to blow the game open — keyed by three straight 3-pointers from Cable — and take a 15-point lead with about 10
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