CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Natalie Achonwa scored a career-high 26 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and No. 2 Notre Dame survived a late challenge by Virginia and beat the Cavaliers 79-72 on Sunday afternoon.

   Kayla McBride added 23 points and five assists for the Fighting Irish (15-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), and Jewell Loyd had 17.

   Faith Randolph led Virginia (8-8, 1-2) with 23 points and Sarah Imovbioh had 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Cavaliers were coming of a victory at Virginia Tech in which they rallied from 17 points down to win, but couldn't quite repeat the feat despite getting within 71-69 with 3:49 remaining.

   That's when McBride and Achonwa took over, scoring the game's next six points.

   Virginia was outscored 20-8 at the free throw line and outrebounded 47-39.


As for Virginia Tech, the Hokies fell to Miami 64-62. Tech led by 6 at the half, but the Hurricanes (10-6, 2-1 ACC) chipped away at the deficit and took a late lead. The Hokies had a few chances to tie it or get the win at the end, but their late shots didn’t fall. Virginia Tech (10-6, 0-3 ACC) was led by Monet Tellier with 17 points, 10 rebounds. Vanessa Panousis and Uju Ugoka each added 15 points in the loss.