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ND women rout Bonnies 79-35 in regional semis

By Joedy Mccreary

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 25 2012 2:40 p.m. MDT

Notre Dame's Kayla McBride (23) falls on St. Bonaventure's Jennie Ashton during the first half of an NCAA college women's tournament regional semifinal basketball game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, March 25, 2012.

Gerry Broome, Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. — Natalie Novosel scored 16 points and Notre Dame advanced to the Raleigh Regional final by routing St. Bonaventure 79-35 on Sunday in the semifinals.

Kalia Turner scored 14 points and Kayla McBride added 10 for the top-seeded Irish (33-3).

They shot 52.5 percent, never trailed and led by 45 before matching a 22-year-old record for scoring margin in the regional round while cruising into the finals for the second straight year.

Notre Dame will play second-seeded Maryland (31-4) on Tuesday night with a spot in the Final Four on the line.

CeCe Dixon had 13 points and Doris Ortega added 11 for the fifth-seeded Bonnies (31-4).

They shot a season-low 19 percent, allowed a season-high point total and finished with a season-worst 21 turnovers. Leading scorer Jessica Jenkins was scoreless — she entered averaging 14 points — and missed all six of her shots.

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