Notre Dame Women's Basketball | Mar. 24, 2014 | Notre Dame
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.