(2) Notre Dame 81

(22-0, 9-0 ACC)

Florida State 60

(15-7, 3-6 ACC)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    7:00 PM ET, February 6, 2014

    Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Florida

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    #2ND 32 4981
    FSU 29 3160

    Top Performers

    Notre Dame: N. Achonwa 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Florida St: C. Delgado 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    No. 2 Notre Dame remains unbeaten with rout of Florida State

    Associated Press

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Natalie Achonwa scored 24 points and Jewell Loyd added 18 to lead No. 2 Notre Dame to an 81-60 victory over Florida State on Thursday night that kept the Fighting Irish unbeaten.

    Kayla McBride chipped in 14 points for Notre Dame (22-0, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

    Cheetah Delgado scored a career-high 18 points and Natasha Howard finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for Florida State (15-7, 3-6). Delgado entered the game averaging 7.5 points per game.

    "We can score," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "I don't want us to just be a team that tries to outscore people. I want us to be a team that really likes to defend."

    The Fighting Irish used a zone to pack the paint and hold Howard seven points below her season average. A 24-5 run in the second half allowed Notre Dame to run away after the Seminoles cut it to 34-33 shortly after halftime.

    Notre Dame jumped out to a 27-13 lead thanks to a 15-2 run sparked by Achonwa, who scored 15 first-half points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field. The Fighting Irish zone clogged the middle and left the Seminoles shooting perimeter jump shots. Florida State adjusted and was able to work the ball to Howard from the wings as the Seminoles closed the half with a 16-5 run. Howard scored eight consecutive points during the spurt.

    The Seminoles trailed 32-29 at halftime after Delgado hit a runner with 6 seconds remaining. A jumper by Delgado brought Florida State within one point early in the second half, but the Fighting Irish ran away with a heavy dose Loyd, who scored 14 of her 18 after the break. The 24-5 run that put the Seminoles away was highlighted by an alley-oop from Michaela Mabrey to Loyd.

    "We practice that stuff all the time," Loyd said. "I love that. I think it's good for women's sports."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 81 60
    FG Made-Attempted 31-58 (.534) 25-71 (.352)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-13 (.462) 2-17 (.118)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-16 (.813) 8-10 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 15 (0/0)

    Game Leaders

    PointsN. Achonwa 24C. Delgado 18
    ReboundsA. Braker 6M. Jones 10
    AssistsL. Allen 6C. Delgado 4
    StealsA. Braker 2C. Delgado 2
    BlocksT. Reimer 1N. Howard 3

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