Muffet's Squad cruises in NCAA opener

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
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Jewell Loyd scored 27 points and top-seeded Notre Dame blew past Tennessee-Martin 97-64 on Sunday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Kayla McBride had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (32-1), who have won 27 straight heading into Tuesday's second-round matchup with host Iowa. The game will be a 9:30 ET tipoff.

Natalie Achonwa added 16 points.

Heather Butler scored 23 of her season-high 37 points in the first half to keep UT-Martin (19-15) in the game. But Notre Dame closed the first half on an 11-0 run and jumped ahead 60-33 with 17 minutes left.

Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins finished with just 10 points and six assists. But the Fighting Irish didn't need much from their star in the rout, outrebounding UT-Martin 49-14.


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