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  • Notre Dame's Brianna Turner (11) shoots a layup against Virginia's Jocelyn Willoughby (13) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at the HTC Center in Conway, S.C., Friday, March 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

  • Notre Dame's Lindsay Allen, left, dishes the ball under the basket against Virginia's Lauren Moses, center, and Jocelyn Willoughby, at right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at the HTC Center in Conway, S.C., Friday, March 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

  • Notre Dame's Lindsay Allen (15) drives down the court against Virginia's Breyana Mason (12) and Lauren Moses (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at the HTC Center in Conway, S.C., Friday, March 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

  • Notre Dame's Lindsay Allen (15) drives to the basket against Virginia's Breyana Mason (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at the HTC Center in Conway, S.C., Friday, March 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Friday, March 03, 2017 1:36 pm

Notre Dame beats Virginia to advance to ACC semis

DOUG FEINBERG | Associated Press

 

CONWAY, S.C. — Arike Ogunbowale scored 19 points and Brianna Turner added 16 to help No. 3 Notre Dame beat Virginia 76-59 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.

Lindsay Allen had 12 points and 10 assists, breaking the conference's all-time assist record, for the top-seeded Irish (28-3). Notre Dame will face No. 14 Louisville on Saturday in the semifinals.

With the game tied at 30 late in the second quarter, the Irish scored 16 of the next 20 points spanning the half to take a 12-point lead. Ogunbowale scored the final five points of the burst with her 3-pointer making it 46-34 with 6:40 left in the third quarter.

The eighth-seeded Cavaliers (19-12) couldn't get closer than six the rest of the game.

Breyana Mason scored 13 points to lead Virginia.

Notre Dame got up early on Virginia, taking a 23-14 lead before the Cavaliers stormed back to tie the game at 23. Ogunbowale then scored five straight points during a 7-0 spurt to give the Irish the advantage again. Virginia rallied again to tie the game at 30 on Mason's three-point play.

The Irish went into the half up 36-32.

RECORD HELPERS:

Allen passed Virginia's Sharnee Zoll, who had 785 assists from 2004-08. Allen's record-breaking assist came in the third quarter on a pass to Ogunbowale that gave the Irish a 43-34 advantage. She also broke a tie with Mary Gavin for the Notre Dame mark for assists. Gavin's mark of 778 assists stood since 1988. Allen now has 788 in her career.

BIG PICTURE:

Virginia: The Cavaliers beat Wake Forest 61-44 to advance to the quarterfinals. ... The No. 8 seed is the best for the Cavaliers since they were a No. 6 in 2013.

Notre Dame: The Irish are looking to match Duke as the only team to win four consecutive ACC regular-season and tournament crowns. The Blue Devils won four in a row from 2001-04. Notre Dame

UP NEXT:

Virginia: Waits for postseason tournament berth.

Notre Dame: Will face Louisville in the ACC semifinals Saturday.