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SOUTH BEND -- The Notre Dame women's basketball team advanced to its fourth consecutive Final Four with an 88-69 victory over Baylor on Monday night.

The Irish (36-0) led 44-32 at halftime. Baylor closed within 65-60 with plenty of time remaining, but top-seeded Notre Dame pulled away from there.

Irish forward Natalie Achonwa, who had 19 points, and 15 rebounds, walked to the locker room under her own power with 4:51 remaining. She fell underneath the basket and appeared to injure her right knee. After she returned to the bench, she walked with a clear limp.

Guard Jewell Loyd had 30 points and five rebounds for Notre Dame, while Baylor's Odyssey Sims had 33 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Baylor (32-5) lost for the first time in five meetings with Notre Dame.

Kayla McBride scored 11 and Ariel Braker had 10 for the Irish, who shot just 42 percent but held Baylor to a miserable 34 percent.

Stay tuned for updates on Achonwa's condition.