- Associated Press - Sunday, February 23, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Kayla McBride scored 31 points and No. 2 Notre Dame jumped to an 18-point lead early and held on to beat seventh-ranked Duke 81-70 Sunday to claim the Atlantic Coast Conference title in its inaugural season in the league.

The Blue Devils scored six points in the final 7 seconds of the first half and eventually cut the lead to seven points three times in the second half, the final time when Kendall McCravey-Cooper hit a jumper to make it 66-59. But McBride answered with back-to-back baskets to spark an 8-0 run.

The Irish (27-0, 14-0 ACC) won their third straight regular-season league title, with the first two coming in the Big East. The Blue Devils (24-4, 11-3) saw their streak of four straight ACC regular-season titles end.

Elizabeth Williams led Duke with 20 and Alexis Jones had 15 before leaving with an injured knee midway through the second half.

No. 3 LOUISVILLE 73, No. 25 RUTGERS 58

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Asia Taylor had 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead Louisville to a win over Rutgers.

Sara Hammond added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals (27-2, 15-1 American Athletic Conference), who tied a school record with 17 home wins this season set in 2006-07.

Tyler Scaife led Rutgers (20-6, 11-4) with 17 points. Betnijah Laney posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

No. 4 SOUTH CAROLINA 69, FLORIDA 55

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Tiffany Mitchell scored 20 points, Alaina Coates added 16 points and 12 rebounds as South Carolina won its ninth straight game with a victory over Florida.

The Gamecocks (25-2, 13-1 Southeastern Conference) matched their overall win totals of the past two seasons and won their record 13th game in SEC play. They clinched at least a tie for the SEC title with Texas A&M;’s loss to Kentucky later Sunday.

The Gamecocks led by 16 points midway through the second period until Florida rallied with an 13-3 run that cut things to 49-43 with 5:19 left. But Mitchell followed with a open 3-pointer from the left corner before Aleighsa Welch and Coates had inside baskets to restore the double-digit lead.

Once more the Gators (17-10, 7-7) fought back to trim the lead to 58-51 and again Mitchell’s jumper and foul shot put the Gamecocks ahead 61-51.

No. 5 STANFORD 65, UCLA 56

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chiney Ogwumike scored 26 points and had 15 rebounds to help Stanford beat UCLA.

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