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No. 6 Irish women win opener

SOUTH BEND – Jewell Loyd and Michaela Mabrey scored 19 points each Saturday to lead No. 6 Notre Dame to a 99-50 victory over UNC Wilmington in the season opener for both teams.

Despite playing without injured senior forward Natalie Achonwa, Notre Dame dominated the boards, outrebounding UNCW 52-24. Freshman forward Taya Reimer led with 12 rebounds, followed by Loyd with 11.

Notre Dame senior guard Kayla McBride scored 17 points.

Junior guard Kelva Atkins, the Seahawks’ lone returning starter from last season, scored 16 points.

Notre Dame scored with ease in the paint. Their transition game and repeated drives to the hoop were simply too much for UNC Wilmington to handle.

The Irish led 51-22 at halftime.

Consecutive layups by Loyd and freshman Lindsay Allen sparked a 12-0 run over a4:30span in the second half that removed any doubt.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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