GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference hasn’t been able to hold a championship game lately without Notre Dame. Now the Fighting Irish want to get back to winning them again.
Jackie Young had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 4 Notre Dame advanced to the ACC title game by routing No. 18 Syracuse 91-66 on Saturday in a semifinal.
The fourth-ranked Fighting Irish (30-3) claimed their fifth ACC title in six years by routing No. 3 Louisville 99-79 on Sunday.
Jessica Shepard added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Marina Mabrey finished with 16 points to help the Fighting Irish (29-3) down Syracuse
Tiana Mangakahia scored 14 points and Gabrielle Cooper added 12 to lead fifth-seeded Syracuse (24-8).
A day after making an ACC Tournament-record 14 3-pointers in a quarterfinal upset of No. 15 Miami, the live-by-the-3 Orange were 8 of 23 from long range against the ACC’s best 3-point defense.
Mangakahia pulled Syracuse to 55-44 with a layup with 4½ minutes left in the third, but the Irish put the game away by scoring 13 straight points, with Young’s three-point play with 1:59 left in the period stretching the lead into the 20s for good.
Brianna Turner had 14 points for Notre Dame while Arike Ogunbowale, the ACC’s leading scorer, added 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting.
The Orange missed 13 of their final 16 3s. “We missed a lot of shots,” coach Quentin Hillsman said. “You can’t miss shots against a team like Notre Dame.”
Mabrey became the school’s career leader in 3-pointers with 263 — one more than Alicia Ratay, who set the record in 2003. Mabrey hit four 3s against the Orange.