Irish Women Now 35-0 After Defeating Oklahoma State

Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa (11) blocks a shot by Oklahoma State guard Tiffany Bias (3) as guard Jewell Loyd, at rear, helps to defend during the second half of a regional semifinal in the NCAA college basketball tournament at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, March 29, 2014. (PAUL SANCYA — AP Photo)
Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa (11) blocks a shot by Oklahoma State guard Tiffany Bias (3) as guard Jewell Loyd, at rear, helps to defend during the second half of a regional semifinal in the NCAA college basketball tournament at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, March 29, 2014. (PAUL SANCYA — AP Photo)

Natalie Achonwa got Notre Dame going early and never let up as she finished with 23 points and Jewell Loyd added 20 to lead the Fighting Irish to an 89-72 victory over Oklahoma State in a regional semifinal on Saturday.

Notre Dame (35-0) is a victory away from its fifth straight Final Four berth, while the Cowgirls (25-9) missed a chance to advance to a regional final for the first time in school history. They fell to 0-3 in regional semifinals.

To get to the Final Four, the Irish will have to beat Baylor, the last team to knock off Notre Dame at home.

The Irish jumped to a 14-0 lead in the opening 3:31, capped by a three-point play by Achonwa, as the Cowgirls missed their first six shots. The Cowgirls later used a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 24-14, but that was as close as they got.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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