SOUTH BEND – Kayla McBride scored 15 points, and top-seeded Notre Dame opened the game with an 11-0 run to rout Liberty 74-43 on Sunday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
The Irish (31-3) will face California (25-9) on Tuesday at the Purcell Pavilion, where Notre Dame is 16-1 this season. The Golden Bears beat Iowa 84-74 in the first game.
Natalie Novosel and Brittany Mallory hit three-pointers to open the scoring. McBride converted a three-point play and Devereaux Peters hit a jumper for an 11-0 lead less than two minutes in. After Liberty rallied to within 16-8, the Irish took off on another 11-0 spurt run to lead 44-19 at halftime behind 13 points from McBride.
Devon Brown scored 16 to lead Liberty (24-9).
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