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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Jewell Loyd scored 17 points to lead No. 2 Notre Dame past Florida State 83-57 on Friday in its Atlantic Coast Conference tournament debut.
Kayla McBride added 13 for the top-seeded Fighting Irish (30-0), who ran off 21 straight points in the first half to turn their quarterfinal matchup with the ninth-seeded Seminoles (20-11) into a rout. Notre Dame shot 65 percent before halftime to build a 22-point lead at the break and never looked back.
Notre Dame advanced to Saturday’s semifinals to face No. 14 North Carolina State, which lost by 24 points at home to the Fighting Irish less than a week ago.
Natasha Howard followed up her big second-round performance with 29 points to lead Florida State, which led 12-11 before Notre Dame took over.
No. 4 STANFORD 69, COLORADO 54
SEATTLE (AP) - Chiney Ogwumike scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half, and Stanford overcame its worst scoring first half of the season to advance to the Pac-12 Conference tournament semifinals.
Ogwumike, the conference player of the year, gave Stanford the lead for good with a rare 3-pointer early in the second half that was part of a 16-2 run by the Cardinal to take control.
Stanford, the top seed in the tournament, was held to a season-low 21 points in the first half. The Cardinal (29-2) will face either No. 5 seed USC or fourth-seeded Arizona State in the semifinals Saturday night. Stanford has won seven straight conference tourney titles.
Brittany Wilson scored 16 points to lead Colorado (17-14).
No. 5 SOUTH CAROLINA 67, GEORGIA 48
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Alaina Coates scored 13 points, Elem Ibiam added 12 points and South Carolina advanced to the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals for the second time in school history, with both coming in the last three years.
SEC player of the year Tiffany Mitchell finished with 11 points for the top-seeded Gamecocks (27-3), who led the entire game.
Erika Ford scored 10 points to lead Georgia (20-11).
South Carolina filled Georgia’s passing lanes, ran through screens to pressure the perimeter and essentially never gave the ninth-seeded Lady Bulldogs much of a chance.
No. 6 TENNESSEE 77, LSU 65
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