No. 1 Virginia fends off Notre Dame to complete regular season

Elias Hubbard
March 4, 2018

Updates throughout. Will be updated with FSU-Miami result.

Bonzie Colson, in just his second game back since a foot injury, caused him to miss 15 games, paced the Irish with 24 points and 14 rebounds, for his 33rd career double-double.

Farrell responded with a three-pointer to cut it to two with 2:26 to play, but that would be as close as the Irish would get. Aliyah Huland El had 13 points for the Cavaliers (18-13).

What should have been a 90-minute drive turned into a 4-hour ordeal for Mike Brey's squad and has robbed them of valuable practice time before a game that would go a long way toward allowing Notre Dame to sneak into the NCAA Tournament. And all that success keeps carrying over, most notably in the way the Irish keep blowing out opponents.

After a 31-point loss at home during the regular season, Florida State's women's team stood toe-to-toe with second-seeded Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament semifinals on Saturday in Greensboro, but a big fourth quarter propelled the Fighting Irish to the ACC Championship, 90-80.

"I was just trying to be aggressive", Hall said. "Even though we didn't win, I really like what we got out of that today".

"My teammates were finding me and we were getting inside-out 3s", Mabrey said, "and also the dribble penetration and kickout was working for me, also". Notre Dame, which shot 35.8 percent from the floor, couldn't get a shot up before the shot clock expired with 23.1 seconds left. They led 40-27 at halftime, then ran off eight straight out of the break to make it a rout. "They just did a good job of running them". But we're in there, they have to look at us. Typically the first substitute off the bench for the Cavaliers, he played 25 minutes Saturday and finished with 10 points and six rebounds. And that left coach Joanne Boyle annoyed with her team's performance to the point that she didn't emerge from the locker room for her postgame news conference for a half-hour.

Devon Hall said getting touches in the paint has been an emphasis for this team recently.

After another Notre Dame timeout, the Irish fouled and Hunter hit a pair of free throws to put the Cavaliers up four, 61-57, with 20 seconds to play.

"He's one of my favorite people to play against", Wilkins said. And only one of their 13 wins - a 55-49 semifinal victory against Duke in 2015 - have come by a single-digit margin.

Hall played 37 minutes and sophomore Ty Jerome played 39 of a possible 40 minutes for the Cavs, who started senior Nigel Johnson in place of Guy, snapping a string of 29 games with the same starting lineup.

"I think we've had moments of brilliance throughout the year".

Here's what we learned from Virginia's last win of the regular season. They'll face the victor of the Louisville vs. Florida State matchup in the quarterfinals.

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