ACC Women: Notre Dame, Duke advance to title game

acc-irishLexie Brown scored 20 points, including five key ones down the stretch, to help No. 13 Duke beat 16th-ranked Miami 57-52 on Saturday in the ACC Tournament semifinals.

The Blue Devils, who have won 10 straight games, advanced to the conference championship for the first time since 2014. Duke (27-4) will play No. 3 Notre Dame on Sunday, the team the Blue Devils lost to in their last appearance in the title game.

Trailing 52-51 with 1:27 left, Brown hit two free throws to give Duke the lead. The Blue Devils then forced a shot clock violation on the Hurricanes next possession. Brown, a redshirt junior, then converted a three-point play to give Duke a 56-52 lead.

Miami came up empty on its next possession and Kyra Lambert hit a free throw to seal the win.

Keyona Hayes scored 17 points to lead the Hurricanes (23-8).

* Notre Dame 84, Louisville 73: The Fighting Irish (29-3) defeated the Cardinals in Saturday’s ACC Tournament semifinals.

The Irish advanced to the title game for the fourth straight year. They are looking to become only the second team in conference history to win both the regular season and tournament crowns in four consecutive seasons. Duke did it from 2001-04.

Trailing 35-33 early in the third quarter, the Irish went on an 11-2 run to take a 44-37 advantage. Mabrey had nine of the points, converting two 3-point plays and hitting a 3-pointer.

Asia Durr did her best to keep the Cardinals in the game, scoring 26 points to lead Louisville (27-7), but it wasn’t enough.

Notre Dame was up by two heading into the fourth and wouldn’t relinquish the advantage.

Photo by Randall Hill/courtesy of ACC

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