No. 2 Irish wallop No. 14 Wolfpack 83-48

Mar. 09, 2014 @ 01:37 AM

Notre Dame's romp through its new league is nearly complete. One more win, and the No. 2 Fighting Irish will have an Atlantic Coast Conference championship trophy to go with their still-perfect record.

Jewell Loyd scored 16 points to help Notre Dame beat No. 14 North Carolina State 83-48 in Saturday's ACC tournament semifinals.

Kayla McBride was among four in double figures with 10 points for the top-seeded Fighting Irish (31-0), who had no trouble putting away the injury-depleted Wolfpack. Notre Dame scored the first 12 points, led by 28 at halftime and by 37 from there to continue their dominating run through the ACC.

"I thought actually we had a little bit of a slow start and initially missed a couple of shots early," coach Muffet McGraw said, "but then I thought we really got comfortable."

The Fighting Irish, who shot 60 percent in a 26-point win against Florida State in Friday's quarterfinals, shot 52 percent in the first half on the way to their second lopsided win against the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (25-7) in a week.

That sent Notre Dame to Sunday's championship game, where the Irish will try to become the first team to go 19-0 through ACC regular-season and tournament play since Duke in 2001-02 and 2002-03. Notre Dame will face No. 10 Duke, the tournament's