SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP)Katlyn Gilbert scored a career-high 24 points, Destinee Walker and Anaya Peoples each added 19 points and No. 16 Notre Dame beat Loyola (Md.) 84-60 on Friday night.
Gilbert scored eight points in the first quarter as Notre Dame built a 19-7 lead. Walker had a team-high 13 points in the first half, helping the Irish take an 18-point lead after Loyola shoot just 9 of 36 from the field.
Freshman Sam Brunelle had 12 points and nine rebounds for Notre Dame (2-0), which honored Natalie Achonwa as the sixth women’s basketball inductee to the ring of honor. Achonwa, a two-time Olympian, led the Irish to four consecutive Final Fours, including three NCAA championship games.
Notre Dame was 1 of 12 from 3-point range, but made 17 of 24 free throws compared to 6 of 12 for Loyola.
Ashley Hunter paced Loyola (0-1) with 16 points and Alexis Gray added 10.
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