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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