Notre Dame 88, Baylor 69
Jewell Loyd scored 30 points and unbeaten Notre Dame advanced to the Final Four for a fourth consecutive season by beating Baylor in South Bend, Ind., on Monday night.
Natalie Achonwa added 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Irish (36-0), who will face either Louisville or Maryland in the national semifinals on Sunday night in Nashville.
Notre Dame became the sixth school to reach the Final Four four seasons in a row, joining UConn, LSU, Stanford, Louisiana Tech and Tennessee.
The loss ended the brilliant career of Baylor guard Odyssey Sims, who finished this season with 1,054 points — eight short of Jackie Stiles’ NCAA record for a single season. Sims scored 33 points for Baylor (32-5).
The win extended Notre Dame’s home winning streak to 28 games. Baylor was the last team to beat the Irish in South Bend — doing so on Dec. 5, 2012 — but that team had 6-foot-8 star Brittney Griner.
The Irish took control in the first half with senior Kayla McBride on the bench with early foul trouble. Trailing 21-17 midway through the first half, Loyd and Achonwa got the Irish going. Achonwa started a 14-0 run with a layup and the Irish led 44-32 at the half.
Connecticut 69, Texas A&M 54
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis continued her splendid run through the tournament with 17 points, and Connecticut (38-0) advanced to the women’s Final Four for the seventh year in row. Stefanie Dolson had 14 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high eight blocked shots. Courtney Walker led Texas A&M (27-9) with 14 points.