Loyd's 27 leads No. 2 Irish past Georgia Tech

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Jewell Loyd scored 27 points, Natalie Achonwa added 21, and No. 2 Notre Dame held Georgia Tech to 31 percent shooting in an 87-72 victory on Monday night.

After a slow start, the Irish used a 10-0 run to take a 16-10 lead. Spurts of 10-2 and 11-3 in the second half helped them put the game away.

Loyd scored seven in a row at the end of the first half, capped by an alley-oop layup, and then made back-to-back layups after the break to give the Irish a 16-point lead.

The Irish (25-0, 12-0 ACC) are five wins shy of their longest winning streak, set last season. The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Yellow Jackets (17-9, 7-6), who were led by a career-high 21 points by Aaliyah Whiteside.

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw (739-258) tied former Virginia coach Debbie Ryan (739-324) for 10th in career victories.

No. 7 Duke beats No. 8 Maryland 84-63

DURHAM, N.C. -- Alexis Jones had 22 points, including a career-high five 3-pointers, and No. 7 Duke beat No. 8 Maryland 84-63 on Monday night.

Elizabeth Williams added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (23-3, 10-2 ACC).

They avoided their first consecutive losses since 2007-08 and dodged their first three-game home slide in more than two decades by shooting 53 percent and outrebounding one of the nation's top teams on the boards 44-37.

Alyssa Thomas had 14 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for Maryland (20-5, 8-4).