Notre Dame moves on in Toledo

NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Published:

TOLEDO (AP) -- After a first half that fell short of Notre Dame's lofty standards, coach Muffet McGraw told her team to settle down.

"We talked about trying to be a little more in control, and gave them a little different offense to run -- that we thought might help that," McGraw said. "In transition, we kept going through the middle of the floor where all the traffic was. We were just careless."

It was a sloppier victory than McGraw would have liked, but the top-seeded Fighting Irish did pull away convincingly in the second half for an 84-67 win over ninth-seeded Arizona State on Monday night. Natalie Achonwa had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Notre Dame advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 12th time in the last 18 years.

The Irish (34-0) are now two wins from their fourth straight Final Four -- and they're heading back home. The regional semifinals and final will be played at Notre Dame.

"Our fans, family and friends do so much for us," Achonwa said. "To be able to go back and play in front of them, I know as a senior it means a lot to me."

Notre Dame will face fifth-seeded Oklahoma State.

The Irish have won their last 15 games by double digits, although the Sun Devils (23-10) kept this one close until about midway through the second half.

LINCOLN REGIONAL

DEPAUL 75, DUKE 65

DURHAM, N.C. -- Megan Rogowski scored 22 points and Megan Podkowa added 18 to help DePaul upset Duke 74-65 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Brittany Hrynko added 14 for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons (29-6). They earned their third appearance in the round of 16 by hitting 14 3-pointers and forcing second-seeded Duke into 21 turnovers with their high-pressure defense.

DePaul will play the James Madison-Texas A&M winner on Saturday in the Lincoln Regional semifinals.

BYU 80, NEBRASKA 76

LOS ANGELES -- Morgan Bailey tied her career high with 18 points, Jennifer Hamson had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and BYU held on to beat Nebraska, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA women's tournament for the first time since 2002.

NOTRE DAME REGIONAL

BAYLOR 76, CALIFORNIA 56

WACO, Texas -- Odyssey Sims scored 27 points in her final home game and Baylor advanced to its sixth consecutive NCAA Sweet 16, taking over in the second half for a victory over California.

KENTUCKY 64, SYRACUSE 59

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Bria Goss scored 17 points and third-seeded Kentucky held off No. 6 seed Syracuse.

Goss went 11 of 12 from the foul line as the Wildcats (26-8) ground out a victory two days after beating Wright State by 46 points.

OKLAHOMA STATE 73, PURDUE 66

Brittney Martin had 20 points and 20 rebounds to lead Oklahoma State past Purdue and into the Sweet 16.

The Cowgirls (25-8) won their second straight, ending a 15-game stretch in which they had alternated wins and losses.

STANFORD REGIONAL

STANFORD 63, FLORIDA STATE 44

AMES, Iowa -- Chiney Ogwumike had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Stanford broke open the game with a 30-2 run spanning the halves in a victory over Florida State in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament.

LOUISVILLE REGIONAL

TENNESSEE 67, ST. JOHN'S 51

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Cierra Burdick had 21 points and 11 rebounds as Tennessee relied on its smothering defense to pull away from St. John's for a victory in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Tennessee, the top seed in the Louisville Regional, advanced to a regional semifinal Sunday against the winner of Tuesday's game between No. 4 seed Maryland and No. 5 seed Texas.

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