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Irish Eliminate Cowgirls in Sweet 16

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Oklahoma State’s women’s basketball team fell behind 14-0 to start the game and never got closer than 10 the rest of the way as Notre Dame eliminated the Cowgirls 89-72 on Saturday in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in South Bend, Indiana.

OSU shot just 41 percent from the field and struggled to stop the Fighting Irish’s offensive attack.

Notre Dame made 51 percent from the field and had three players in double figures, led by Natalie Achonwa’s 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

Senior point guard Tiffany Bias paced the Cowgirls with 17 points and 11 assists.

Center LaShawn Jones added 16 points and 6 rebounds, while Brittany Atkins was the only other Cowgirl in double figures with 13 points.

The Irish outrebounded OSU by 10 as they won their 27th straight home game to improve to 35-0 on the season.

Oklahoma State’s season ends at 25-9, as they matched their best NCAA Tournament showing ever with their third Sweet 16 appearance.