SOUTH BEND – Kayla McBride scored 28 points and Natalie Achonwa added 24 to lead second-ranked Notre Dame to a 98-75 victory over No. 14 North Carolina on Thursday to finish the regular season unbeaten at home.
The Irish (28-0, 15-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) opened a 22-point lead late in the first half and led 55-38 at intermission. The Tar Heels (21-8, 9-6) rallied in the second half with a 10-4 run, highlighted by a three-point play by Xylina McDaniel, to cut the lead to 61-51.
McBride hit a jumper to spark a 6-0 spurt as the Irish regained control and eventually led by 28.
Notre Dame shot 52 percent against the Tar Heels, which had been holding opponents to 35-percent shooting.
McDaniel led UNC with 18 points and Diamond DeShields had 17. The game was Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw’s 1,000th as a head coach, improving her overall record to 742-258.
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