IOWA CITY, Iowa – Kayla McBride scored a career-high 28 points and top-seeded Notre Dame advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament with a 74-57 win over Iowa on Tuesday night.
Skylar Diggins had 16 as the Irish (33-1) extended their school-record winning streak to 28 games and finished 13-0 on the road.
Notre Dame will next face 12th-seeded Kansas in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday.
McBride had 23 points in the first half as the Irish built a 12-point advantage. The lead reached 59-39 on Diggins’ layup with 15:30 left as Notre Dame reached the round of 16 for the 11th time in 17 seasons.
Bethany Doolittle had 16 for Iowa (21-13), which went 0 for 11 from 3-point range and had 21 turnovers.
The favored Irish never let the host Hawkeyes take the lead. Though Iowa managed to threaten Notre Dame’s edge at various points in the first half, the Irish pulled away early in the second half and maintained a comfortable lead throughout.
Jewell Loyd had 14 points and Natalie Achonwa added 11 with 14 rebounds for Notre Dame, who outrebounded the Hawkeyes 45-34.
Iowa fared quite well against ranked opponents this season despite an 8-8 mark in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes had beaten seven of the 10 opponents who were ranked when they faced them.
But there’s a big difference between mere ranked teams and Notre Dame, one of a handful of serious national title contenders.
The Hawkeyes immediately discovered the difference.
The Irish hit five of their first seven shots and jumped ahead 15-6. By then, Iowa’s Samantha Logic – who led the Hawkeyes with 23 points in their opening-round rout of Miami – had picked up two fouls.
DELAWARE 78, NORTH CAROLINA 69: Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points in her final home game, and Delaware (32-3) rallied past foul-plagued North Carolina (29-7) to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
Vice President Biden was among those in the second straight sellout crowd at Delaware’s compact arena.
KENTUCKY 84, DAYTON 70: In New York, A’dia Mathies rebounded from the worst game of her career to match her career high with 34 points and lead the second-seeded Wildcats (29-5).
The Wildcats will face Delaware in the semifinals Sunday.
Andrea Hoover scored 22 points to lead the seventh-seeded Flyers (28-3).
DUKE 68, OKLAHOMA STATE 59: In Durham, N.C., Elizabeth Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the second-seeded Blue Devils (32-2) rallied to beat the seventh-seeded Cowgirls (22-11).
Liz Donohoe had 14 points to lead Oklahoma State.
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BAYLOR 85, FLORIDA ST. 47: In Waco, Texas, Brittney Griner had 33 points and 22 rebounds to go along with three impressive slam dunks in her final home game for Baylor, and the defending national champion Lady Bears are in the NCAA round of 16 for the fourth year in a row.
They play Louisville (26-8) on Sunday in Oklahoma City.
Leonor Rodriguez had 11 points to lead Florida State (23-10).
STANFORD 73, MICHIGAN 40: In Stanford, Calif., Joslyn Tinkle made five three-pointers on the way to 21 points in her final home game at Maples Pavilion, and top-seeded Stanford (33-2) used a spectacular perimeter shooting performance to rout No. 8 seed Michigan.
Stanford (33-2) won its 19th straight game and will meet fourth-seeded Georgia on Saturday.
LSU 71, PENN STATE 66: In Baton Rouge, La, Adrienne Webb scored a career-high 29 points, including two crucial free throws with 22 seconds left, and LSU (22-11) beat third-seeded Penn State (26-6). LSU next meets California on Saturday.