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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Notre Dame beats Duke, advances to NCAA women’s Final Four

My last basketball game of the season was a good one: Notre Dame defeated Duke to advance to a third-straight women’s NCAA Final Four.

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Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa (11) celebrates with the band after a 87-76 win against Duke in a women’s NCAA college basketball tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Norfolk, Va. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Duke NCAA

Notre Dame guard Kayla McBride (21) loses the handle on the ball in front of Duke guard/forward Haley Peters (33) and guard Alexis Jones (2) during the first half of a quarterfinal in the women’s NCAA college basketball tournament on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Norfolk, Va. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Duke NCAA
Notre Dame Duke NCAA

At left: Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa (11) goes up for a rebound in Duke traffic. At right: Notre Dame guard Kayla McBride (21) reacts after hitting a three-point jump shot. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Duke NCAA

Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins (4) picks up the ball off a steal during the second half of a women’s NCAA college basketball quarterfinal on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Norfolk, Va. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Duke NCAA
Notre Dame Duke NCAA

At left: Notre Dame guard Jewell Loyd (32) puts up a reverse layup. At right: Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins (4) reacts as she goes in for a shot against Duke center Elizabeth Williams (1). (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Duke NCAA

Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins (4) hugs coach Muffet McGraw late in a win against Duke in a women’s NCAA college basketball tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Norfolk, Va. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Duke NCAA

Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins (4) talks over a play with coach Muffet McGraw during the second half of a women’s NCAA college basketball quarterfinal on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Norfolk, Va. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Duke NCAA

Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins (4) celebrates with the team cheerleaders after cutting a piece of net for each individual cheerleader following a 87-76 win against Duke in the women’s NCAA college basketball quarterfinal on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Norfolk, Va. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Duke NCAA

Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins concentrates while cutting down a piece of net following a win against Duke in a women’s NCAA college basketball quarterfinal on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Norfolk, Va. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Duke NCAA

Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw celebrates with the crowd after defeating Duke in a women’s NCAA college basketball quarterfinal on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Norfolk, Va. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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