SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Kayla McBride scored 18 points on 8-for-8 shooting from the field to help No. 2 Notre Dame cruise to a 94-51 victory over South Dakota State on Thursday night.
McBride was also 2 for 2 from the free-throw line, and had four steals. Natalie Achonwa added 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Irish (12-0) and Jewell Loyd chipped in 14 points in Notre Dame’s final nonconference matchup before making its Atlantic Coast Conference debut.
Gabby Boever scored nine points to lead the Jackrabbits (9-7), who were facing their highest-ranked opponent in program history.
The Irish used a 12-0 run to take a 19-4 lead on Taya Reimer’s layup 5 1/2 minutes into the game. Madison Cable hit two 3-pointers during another 12-0 run that pushed the lead to 57-21 in the final minute of the first half.
Loyd’s layup with just under 15 minutes remaining made it 69-29.