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March 25, 2014

Notre Dame pulls away, beats Arizona State 84-67

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — After a first half that fell short of Notre Dame's lofty standards, coach Muffet McGraw told her team to settle down.

"We talked about trying to be a little more in control, and gave them a little different offense to run — that we thought might help that," McGraw said. "In transition, we kept going through the middle of the floor where all the traffic was. We were just careless."

It was a sloppier victory than McGraw would have liked, but the top-seeded Fighting Irish did pull away convincingly in the second half for an 84-67 win over ninth-seeded Arizona State on Monday night. Natalie Achonwa had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Notre Dame advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 12th time in the last 18 years.

The Irish (34-0) are now two wins from their fourth straight Final Four — and they're heading back home. The regional semifinals and final will be played at Notre Dame.

"Our fans, family and friends do so much for us," Achonwa said. "To be able to go back and play in front of them, I know as a senior it means a lot to me."

Notre Dame will face the winner of Monday's game between fourth-seeded Purdue and fifth-seeded Oklahoma State.

The Irish have won their last 15 games by double digits, although the Sun Devils (23-10) kept this one close until about midway through the second half. Deja Mann scored 16 points for Arizona State.

Notre Dame led 32-26 at halftime before scoring the first six points of the second. Led by the 6-foot-3 Achonwa, the Irish outscored Arizona State 46-34 in the paint.

Kayla McBride had 22 points and nine assists for Notre Dame.

The Sun Devils committed two early shot clock violations and fell behind 8-2, but Arizona State was able to avoid an early blowout. A 3-pointer by Mann started an 8-0 run that gave the Sun Devils a 15-12 lead and forced Notre Dame to take a timeout.

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