That allowed the Fighting Irish to build on their 12-point halftime lead. They went ahead by 20 points for the first time, 70-50, on Loyd's two free throws with 7:39 left, and scored the game's final 10 points for the final margin.
"(Notre Dame is) such a good team offensively, you can't give them a lot of turnovers," Demon Deacons coach Jen Hoover said. "The transition baskets show you that — they got 30 points off our turnovers."
Dearica Hamby had 26 points and Jill Brunori added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Wake Forest, which also made just 5 of 16 3-pointers and went 16 of 29 from the free throw line.
Yet, despite missing No. 2 scorer Chelsea Douglas (injured foot), the Demon Deacons managed to stick with the nation's third-ranked scoring team (87.5 points per game) early in the first half.
Wake Forest fought back from a six-point deficit in the opening 2 minutes to tie the score, and were within 21-18 on Mykia Jones' 3-pointer with 12:17 remaining.
However, Loyd scored seven points during a 16-3 run over a 4 1/2-minute span. Her layup with 9:22 left gave the Fighting Irish their first double-digit lead, 31-20, and Lindsay Allen's layup with 6:34 left put them ahead 37-21, their biggest lead of the half.
Hamby, who had 15 first-half points, pulled the Demon Deacons within nine points, 48-39, on a short jumper with 1 minute remaining. But Michaela Mabrey's 3-pointer with seven seconds left pushed Notre Dame's lead back into double figures.
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