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Michigan guard Nicole Elmblad (14) passes the ball while defended by Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa (11) and guard Jewell Loyd (32) during the first half of an NCAA women's college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday.

Jewell leads No. 4 Notre Dame women past Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Loyd Jewell scored 20 points, Natalie Achonwa had 18 points and nine rebounds and No. 4 Notre Dame cruised to an 86-64 victory over Michigan on Saturday night.

Michaela Mabrey added 14 points for the Fighting Irish (9-0), who led 47-23 at halftime. The Irish shot 59 percent from the floor and forced 19 turnovers, including 13 in the decisive first half.

Reserve guard Shannon Smith scored 23 points for Michigan (7-4), which had won six of seven. Cyesha Goree had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Siera Thompson finished with 10 points.

Notre Dame grabbed control by scoring 23 of the final 32 points in the first half. The Irish made 22 of their first 32 shots, compared to an 8-for-25 start for the Wolverines before the break.

Lindsay Allen and Kayla McBride had eight points apiece for Notre Dame, which next plays Central Michigan on Dec. 22. Allen also had three of the Irish’s seven steals.

Nicole Elmblad had nine points and three steals for the Wolverines, but also committed six turnovers.

Michigan shot 52 percent (15 for 29) in the second half.

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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