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Notre Dame women win ACC debut

SOUTH BEND – Natalie Achonwa had 15 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 2 Notre Dame beat Clemson 71-51 in the Irish’s ACC debut.

Jewell Loyd scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half, including a three-point play and a 3-pointer in a 17-4 Irish run after halftime to take control.

Kayla McBride added 16 points for the Irish (13-0, 1-0), who overcame a poor first half shooting the ball to extend their regular-season winning streak to 36 games, and home winning streak to 19. Kelly Gramlich led Clemson with 13 points. The Tigers (8-7, 0-1 ACC) lost for the fourth time in their last six games after winning five straight.

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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