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January 24, 2014

Achonwa scores 23, No. 2 Irish women rout Miami


"I think we have a lot of resolve, a lot of resilience," she said.

McGraw was most pleased with the play of Allen, especially with leading scorer Jewell Loyd out with a sprained right knee sustained against Tennessee. Allen shot 5 for 6 and had five assists.

"She was probably the only one on the team that really played not just her game, but really played well — one of her best games," McGraw said.

Allen she tried to play a bigger role in scoring with her teammates struggling.

"I just tried to provide some energy. We were missing easy shots, chippies we normally make, so I had to get some stuff in transition, some easy baskets," she said.

After the slow start, the Irish made 10 of their final 19 shots of the first half to open a 35-26 lead the break, and then began the second half with a 10-0 run to take control.

The Irish (18-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) are off to their best start since going 23-0 en route to the national championship in 2000-01. Notre Dame had a 53-35 rebounding edge and outscored the Hurricanes 44-22 in the paint.

Jassany Williams and Adrienne Motley led Miami (11-8, 3-3) with 10 points apiece as the Hurricanes shot a season-low 30.6 percent.

Achonwa is eager to see how the Irish do when they play a complete game.

"The part that would be great is if we could do it in the first half and that we do it without having to be down or without having to be in a close game. That we could just come out with that mentality and destroy people," she said.

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