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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 18 of her 26 points in the second half, and No. 2 Notre Dame capped its perfect first run through the Atlantic Coast Conference by beating No. 10 Duke 69-53 on Sunday night in the league tournament final.

Kayla McBride added 25 points to help the top-seeded Fighting Irish (32-0) — last year's Big East champions — win their second consecutive conference tournament and extend the best start in school history with their third victory over the Blue Devils in five weeks.

Haley Peters had 18 points and Elizabeth Williams finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds for the second-seeded Blue Devils (27-6), who shot 44 percent but had 20 turnovers.

They reached the ACC title game for the sixth time in seven years under coach Joanne P. McCallie, but were denied their second straight championship and fell to 1-9 in the series.

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