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No. 2 Irish Continue Dominance

They are making it look too easy.

Skylar Diggins scored 21 points and Natalie Achonwa (11) 22 in a 93-64 romp against No. 10 Louisville.

With all five of its starters scoring in double figures, Notre Dame won its 18th straight game with a 93-64 shellacking of No. 10 Louisville, which fell to 20-5. The Fighting Irish are now 23-1 overall, including 11-0 in the Big East. The game was nationally telecast on ESPN2.

Furthermore, head coach Muffet McGraw’s Irish are 7-1 against ranked foes, with the lone defeat coming to defending national champ and current No. 1 Baylor on Dec. 5 (73-61 after leading 50-49 with less than eight minutes left).

The victory also improved Notre Dame senior guards Skylar Diggins and Kaila Turner’s career marks to 118-19 — the most victories ever by an Irish class over a four-year period, with plenty of games still ahead.

• Junior center Natalie Achonwa scored 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor and also pulled down 12 rebounds for her Big East-leading 13th double-double of the season.

• Diggins came out of the chute aggressive, hitting her first three shots in the first three minutes and tallying 21 points on a 9-of-13 effort from the field. She also paced the team in assists (7) and steals (4).

• Junior Ariel Braker, coming off a career high 15 points in a win at Seton Hall last weekend, followed her 5-of-6 effort from the floor against the Pirates with 5-of-5 against the Cardinals for 10 points to go with six rebounds.

• Junior Kayla McBride had her typically efficient 15 points, while freshman Jewell Loyd filled the stat line with 12 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Notre Dame shot 56.7 percent from the floor, owned the glass with a 44-23 advantage and dished out an assist on 25 of its 34 field goals.

The Irish will now have a bit of a respite, playing only two games in the next 13 days: at Marquette this Sunday the 17th and at DePaul a week later on the 24th.

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