No. 2 Notre Dame holds off Virginia

By The Sports Network
January 14, 2014 - 12:27am

Charlottesville, VA ( - Natalie Achonwa notched game-highs
with 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead second-ranked Notre Dame to a 79-72
victory over Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena.

Kayla McBride had 23 points and five assists and Jewell Loyd totaled 17 points and seven rebounds for the Irish (15-0, 3-0 ACC), who have not lost since the Final Four last year against UConn, 83-65.

Faith Randolph netted 23 points off the bench for Virginia (8-8, 1-2), which has lost two of its last three. Sarah Imovbioh contributed 18 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort.

Notre Dame started the final 20 minutes with an 8-2 burst to stretch its lead to 51-38, howev