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No. 2 Notre Dame women defeat Florida St 81-60

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 6, 2014 at 8:52 pm •  Published: February 6, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Natalie Achonwa was called for a technical foul 19 seconds into the second half with No. 2 Notre Dame clinging to a three-point lead after being up by 14 in the first half.

Achonwa and the Fighting Irish regrouped, and took out their frustrations on Florida State the rest of the way.

Achonwa finished with 24 points and Jewell Loyd added 18 Thursday night to lead Notre Dame to an 81-60 victory over Florida State night that kept the Fighting Irish unbeaten.

"A technical is never a good thing, but the team responded well to it," Achonwa said. "I think I just lost my poise for a minute and tried to gather it afterward and make sure I'm focusing on my team and doing what we need to get back in the game.

"From there we took the momentum and ran with it."

Kayla McBride chipped in 14 points for Notre Dame (22-0, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Cheetah Delgado scored a career-high 18 points and Natasha Howard finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for Florida State (15-7, 3-6). Delgado entered the game averaging 7.5 points per game.

The Fighting Irish used a zone to pack the paint and hold Howard seven points below her season average. A 24-5 run in the second half allowed Notre Dame to run away after the Seminoles cut it to 34-33 shortly after the technical foul.

"We can score," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "I don't want us to just be a team that tries to outscore people. I want us to be a team that really likes to defend."

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