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Irish back in the Elite Eight with an 89-72 win over OSU

Published On: Mar 29 2014 03:36:17 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 18 2015 11:32:24 AM CDT

Notre Dame used a 14-0 spurt to start the game as cushion in an 89-72 win over Oklahoma State in the Sweet 16.


Natalie Achonwa got Notre Dame going early and never let up as she finished with 23 points and Jewell Loyd added 20 to lead the Fighting Irish to an 89-72 victory over Oklahoma State in a regional semifinal on Saturday.

Notre Dame (35-0) is a victory away from its fourtth straight Final Four berth, while the Cowgirls (25-9) missed a chance to advance to a regional final for the first time in school history. They fell to 0-3 in regional semifinals.

To get to the Final Four, the Irish will have to beat Baylor, the last team to knockoff Notre Dame at home.

The Irish jumped to a 14-0 lead in the opening 3:31, capped by a three-point play by Achonwa, as the Cowgirls missed their first six shots. The Cowgirls later used a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 24-14, but that was as close as they got.