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Arizona St's season ends with 84-67 loss to Irish

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 24, 2014 at 9:21 pm •  Published: March 24, 2014

Notre Dame's six-point lead at halftime equaled its largest of the game to that point.

In the second half, Notre Dame shot 53 percent from the field to leave Arizona State behind. The Irish were whistled for seven fouls in the first 4:02 after halftime, putting the Sun Devils in the bonus early, but Arizona State still couldn't keep up.

"With a team that is so aggressive and pressuring so much, the backdoor is what we were looking for," Achonwa said. "We worked on it in practice, and Kayla and the rest of the guards did a great job of finding me."

Jewell Loyd's layup in transition made it 55-39, and when McBride added a 3-pointer from the left wing, it was 73-48.

In other words, another Notre Dame rout.

Loyd finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. Achonwa shot 8 of 10 from the field and fell a point short of her career high, set Jan. 12 at Virginia.

Arizona State shot 62 percent from the field against Vandy, but on Monday the Sun Devils finished at 38 percent — nowhere near good enough.

"We kind of fell into some of our bad habits tonight and you have to credit Notre Dame for that," Turner Thorne said. "They are long and athletic and that was the story of our shooting percentage."

Both teams finished with 22 turnovers, but the Irish had 19 assists to Arizona State's five. Notre Dame made 25 of 32 free throws.

The deep, balanced Sun Devils had 11 players play at least six minutes but couldn't wear down the Irish.

"We just didn't execute as well as we needed to, and then when we did, unfortunately we missed some shots," Turner Thorne said. "Lots to build on in the offseason in terms of just little things that we didn't do on both ends of the floor — because we want to be where Notre Dame is."