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Defense, balance pace Notre Dame in rout

Notre Dame used a tenacious defense and balanced offense to rout UMass in its home opener.

Kayla McBride scored 18 points and Skylar Diggins added 15 to help the seventh-ranked Irish beat UMass 94-50 on Sunday in the home opener.

“I thought we did a lot of good things on the offensive side, but I thought we could have rebounded a little bit better,” said Irish coach Muffet McGraw. “We’ve got a lot of things to work on. It’s early in the year, we’re still finding our way.”

The Irish only led by four early on before using a 17-0 run to blow the game open. Notre Dame used its defense to take control, forcing 20 turnovers in the first half that led to 30 points.

“We’ve really been working hard at double-teaming, running at the ball, and trying to have our defense get their offense to feel really uncomfortable,” McGraw said.

Offensively the Irish had four players in double figures and had 26 assists.

No. 1 BAYLOR 77, HAWAII 42: At Honolulu, Makenzie Robertson scored a career-high 23 points for the Bears at the Rainbow Wahine tournament.

Brittney Griner had 10 points in 16 minutes, playing just three minutes in the second half for Baylor (4-1).

No. 2 CONNETICUT 81, No. 16 TEXAS A&M 50: At College Station, Stefanie Dolson paved the way.

The Huskies (2-0) outscored the Aggies (0-3) in the paint 42-12.

No. 3 DUKE 100, IONA 31: At Durham, N.C., Allison Vernerey scored 20 of her career-high-tying 22 points in the first half for the Blue Devils.

Chelsea Gray had 18 points and Elizabeth Williams added 16 in limited duty for Duke (2-0).

No. 9 PENN STATE 75, LAFAYETTE 34: At State College, Pa., Maggie Lucas and Mia Nickson each scored 12 points for the Nittany Lions.

Lucas added nine rebounds and four steals for the Lions (3-0).

No. 10 GEORGIA 70, BELMONT 38: At Athens, Ga., Jasmine Hassell had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (4-0).

Hassell scored five straight points just past the midpoint of the first half during a 31-2 Georgia run that effectively sealed the deal early.

No. 11 OKLAHOMA 68, SAINT LOUIS 33: At Norman, Okla., Nicole Griffin scored 15 points for the Sooners.

Oklahoma (2-1) held the Billikens (0-3) to 10 points in the first half, tying a school record for Oklahoma.

DAYTON 71, No. 13 VANDERBILT 66: At Dayton, Andrea Hoover scored 14 points as the Flyers upset the Commodores.

The win is the Flyers’ (4-0) second over a ranked opponent this year after dropping then-No. 25 DePaul 92-80 on Nov. 10.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 60, No. 15 NEBRASKA 55: At Brookings, S.D., Ashley Eide scored 26 points to lead the Jackrabbits (2-2).

Lindsey Moore scored 21 points and Jordan Hooper 15 for the Cornhuskers (3-1).

No. 22 OKLAHOMA ST. 101, WEBER STATE 49: At Stillwater, Okla., LaShawn Jones scored 18 points, leading five Cowboys in double figures.

Toni Young had 17 points for Oklahoma State (3-0) and Liz Donohoe scored 13.

No. 24 TENNESSEE 79, No. 23 MIAMI 67: At Coral Gables, Fla., Bashaara Graves scored 20 points, Andraya Carter added 16 and the Vols wasted most of a 27-point lead before winning.