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  • Associated Press Notre Dame's Kristina Nelson attempts to shoot over Virginia's Felicia Aiyeotan during the first half of their ACC Tournament game Friday. The Irish won a 13th straight game.

Saturday, March 03, 2018 1:00 am


Irish roll in ACC opener

Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Fifth-ranked Notre Dame has never lost in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament since joining the league four seasons ago. And all that success keeps carrying over, most notably in the way the Irish keep blowing out opponents.

Marina Mabrey scored 24 points to help Notre Dame beat Virginia 83-47 in Friday night's quarterfinals, pushing the Irish's win streak to 13 games both on the season and all-time in ACC Tournament play.

“I think we understand what it's like to play in a tournament atmosphere,” coach Muffet McGraw said. “I think we understand the focus that's involved, the intensity that's involved on every possession. I thought we came out really ready tonight.”

Arike Ogunbowale added 16 points for the second-seeded Irish (28-2), who are trying to become the second team to win five straight tournament titles.

Mabrey made 8 of 13 shots and 5 of 8 3-pointers to go with seven assists and five rebounds in 30 minutes.

Big Ten

No. 17 MARYLAND 67, INDIANA 54: In Indianapolis, Kaila Charles scored 24 points, the trio of Channise Lewis, Stephanie Jones and Brianna Fraser added 10 points each and the Terrapins held the Hoosiers scoreless over the final minute of play in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Maryland (24-6), second-seeded in the conference tourney, will meet Nebraska, a 61-54 winner over Michigan, in a semifinal today.

No. 7 seed Indiana (17-14) came as close as 54-51 on a pair of Amanda Cahill free throws with 4:34 remaining, but the Terps scored the next six points until Indiana scored again with a minute left and the Hoosiers didn't get closer than six.

Cahill led Indiana with 17 points, Tyra Buss added 13 and Bendu Yeaney 10.

No. 13 OHIO STATE 82, RUTGERS 57: Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points, Stephanie Mavunga added 18 and the Buckeyes cruised into the semifinals for the fifth straight year.

The top-seeded Buckeyes (26-6), who have won five straight, meet fourth-seeded Iowa in the first semifinal on tonight.

Sierra Calhoun added 14 points and Alexa Hart 10 for the Buckeyes.

Tyler Scaife led ninth-seeded Rutgers (20-12), which shot 32 percent, with 13 points.

NEBRASKA 61, MICHIGAN 54: Hannah Whitish scored 10 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter to fuel the Cornhuskers.

Whitish finished 6 of 13 from the field and made two of her three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Nicea Eliely added 12 points for Nebraska (21-9).

Hallie Thome scored 21 points to lead Michigan (22-9).

MINNESOTA 90, IOWA 89: Carlie Wagner and Kenisha Bell combined for 53 points as the Golden Gophers won despite a school and Big Ten Tournament record 48 points by the Hawkeyes' Megan Gustafson

Ohio Valley

No. 22 BELMONT 3, JACKSONVILLE STATE 53: In Evansville, Canterbury graduate Darby Maggard scored 20 points and Kylee Smith added 19 as the Bruins tied the school record set last season with their 21st straight win in the OVC semifinals.

Top-seeded Belmont (30-3) has won 45 straight over OVC opponents and will meet second-seeded Tennessee-Martin for the championship today.