TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Michaela Mabrey scored 11 of her 16 points in the first half, and top-seeded Notre Dame breezed to a 93-42 victory Saturday in its NCAA tournament opener against 16th-seeded Robert Morris.
Jewell Loyd and Natalie Achonwa added 15 points each for the unbeaten Fighting Irish, who are trying for their fourth straight Final Four appearance. Notre Dame (33-0) is a No. 1 seed for the third straight season.
The Irish will take on ninth-seeded Arizona State in the second round Monday.
Robert Morris (21-12) shot 27 percent from the field. Greek star Artemis Spanou, one of the top players in Northeast Conference history, was held to seven points and attempted only four shots from the field.
Notre Dame won its last two first-round games at the NCAA tournament by 31 and 33 points. The margin was wider than that at halftime of this one, with the Irish up 50-15. Mabrey made back-to-back 3-pointers during a 25-4 run that put Notre Dame ahead 32-8.
It looked like a tuneup in every way for the Irish, who did not have any player exceed Mabrey's total of 23 minutes. She shot 6 of 7 from the field and made four 3-pointers.
Madison Cable scored 13 points for Notre Dame, and Ariel Braker contributed 10.
The Irish outscored Robert Morris 50-8 in the paint.
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