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Loyd paces Irish to Final Four

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 12:21 a.m. CDT
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(Paul Sancya)
Notre Dame guard Jewell Loyd drives to the basket during Monday's NCAA tournament game against Baylor in South Bend, Ind. The Irish won 88-69.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Jewell Loyd scored 30 points and unbeaten Notre Dame advance to the Final Four for a fourth straight season with a 88-69 win over Baylor.

Natalie Achonwa added 19 points and 15 rebounds for the top-seeded Irish (36-0).

Notre Dame became the sixth school to reach the Final Four in four straight seasons, 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), but had little help on offense.

Connecticut 69, Texas A&M 54: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis continued her splendid run through the NCAA tournament with 17 points in Lincoln, Neb., and Connecticut advanced to the women's Final Four for the seventh straight year.

The defending national champion Huskies (38-0) won their 44th straight game and will be going for their record ninth national championship in Nashville. Their semifinal opponent Sunday will be either Stanford or North Carolina.

Stefanie Dolson, who made her 150th career start to tie the NCAA record, had 14 points and 10 rebounds and blocked a career-high eight shots.

Courtney Walker led Texas A&M (27-9) with 14 points.

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