Notre Dame thumps North Carolina State

By The Sports Network
March 2, 2014 - 6:06pm

Raleigh, NC ( - Natalie Achonwa scored 19 points with six
rebounds as No. 2 Notre Dame took an 84-60 victory over 13th-ranked North
Carolina State on Sunday.

Jewell Loyd had 18 points with five rebounds, while Kayla McBride scored 12 points with seven rebounds and six assists for the Irish (29-0, 16-0 ACC), who finished the first perfect regular season for a team from the conference since the 2006-07 Duke team.

Miah Spencer scored 18 points while Kody Burke added 15 and Markeisha Gatling had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Wolfpack (24-6, 11-5), who had won two straight coming into the game.

Holding an eight-point lead to start the second half after finishing the first with the final four points, the Irish scored 17 unanswered points over a seven-minute span in the second half to put the contest away.

Notre Dame is the first ACC team to go unbeaten in league play since North Carolina in 2007-08, and the first team with 16 wins in the conference since Duke in 2002-03.