No. 5 Notre Dame beats Virginia 83-47 in ACC quarterfinals

No. 5 Notre Dame beats Virginia 83-47 in ACC quarterfinals
Notre Dame's Jackie Young (5) brings the ball upcourt ahead of teammates Kathryn Westbeld (33) and Jessica Shepard (23) and Virginia's Felicia Aiyeotan (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament basketball game in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Marina Mabrey scored 24 points to help fifth-ranked Notre Dame beat Virginia 83-47 on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

Arike Ogunbowale added 16 points for the second-seeded Fighting Irish (28-2), who have won 13 straight games. Notre Dame is trying to become the second league team to win five straight tournament titles.

Mabrey made 8 of 13 shots and 5 of 8 3-pointers to go with seven assists and five rebounds, leading a crisp offense that shot 53 percent with 21 assists on 32 baskets.

The Irish led 40-27 at halftime, then ran off eight straight out of the break to make it a rout. When the quarter was over, Notre Dame had shot 61 percent and more than doubled its halftime margin to 28 points.

Aliyah Huland El scored 13 points for the seventh-seeded Cavaliers (18-13), who led for a total of one minute in the opening quarter.


Virginia: The Cavaliers had lost five of seven in February — including against No. 4 Louisville (twice), No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 11 Florida State — before Thursday’s win against Georgia Tech in the ACC second round. They didn’t give themselves much of a chance Friday by shooting 36 percent with six turnovers in the first 10 minutes, sending them on to a quarterfinal loss to the Irish for the second straight year.

Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish arrived in Greensboro seeking a fifth ACC Tournament title in as many seasons as a league member, which would tie Duke’s record run from 2000-04. They’re now 13-0 in the event, with only one of those — a 55-49 semifinal victory against Duke in 2015 — coming by a single-digit margin.


Virginia: The Cavaliers must wait to learn their postseason fate.

Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish advanced to Saturday’s semifinals to face the winner of Friday’s last quarterfinal between No. 11 Florida State and Miami.


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