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Big first half carries No. 4 Irish past Penn State

University Park, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Natalie Achonwa posted 21 points and 10 rebounds and No. 4 Notre Dame put together a huge first-half run en route to a 77-67 win over 10th-ranked Penn State in a key non-conference women's basketball clash.

Jewell Loyd added 17 points and eight boards for the Fighting Irish (7-0), which outscored the Lady Lions by a 21-4 margin over a stretch of six-plus minutes to turn a 2-point deficit into a 36-21 lead with 5:13 remaining in the opening half. Taya Reimer delivered 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench in the victory.

Ariel Edwards paced Penn State (5-2) with 18 points and Dara Taylor and Talia East netted 14 and 12, respectively, in the loss.

Loyd had seven points and Kayla McBride five during the pivotal spurt, and Notre Dame took a 42-28 advantage into halftime despite shooting just 33 percent.

The Lady Lions closed within 68-59 with 3:57 left to play, but the Fighting Irish put up the next five points to ward off the comeback effort.

12/04 22:50:35 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
17th
DUR 6
NOR 8
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
9th
DET 2
CLE 3
 
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
8th
TEX 0
SEA 2
 
6th
CWS 1
BOS 1
 
7th
HOU 4
KAN 2
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
1st
ANA 0
OAK 0
 
1st
SDP 0
COL 0
 
1st
SFG 0
LOS 0
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
 
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
 
4th
MEM 86
DAL 88
 
4th
OKC 104
DET 109
 
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
 
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
 
4th
MIA 82
PHI 93
 
4th
NYK 90
TOR 90
 
5th
MIN 107
UTA 107
 
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
1st OT
TAM 4
MON 4
 
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
 
1st
ANA 1
DAL 0
 
17th
DUR 6
NOR 8