South Bend, Ind. • Notre Dame’s quest for perfection will continue at the Final Four.
Jewell Loyd scored 30 points and unbeaten Notre Dame advanced to the Final Four for a fourth straight season with an 88-69 win over Baylor on Monday night.
Natalie Achonwa added 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Irish (36-0), who will face either Louisville or Maryland in the national semifinals on Sunday night in Nashville.
The loss ended the brilliant career of Baylor guard Odyssey Sims, who finished this season with 1,054 points — eight short of Jackie Stiles’ NCAA record for a single season. Sims scored 33 points for Baylor (32-5), but had little help on offense.
UConn 69, Texas A&M 54 • In Lincoln, Neb., Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis continued her splendid run through the tournament with 17 points, and Connecticut advanced to the women’s Final Four for the seventh straight year with a victory against Texas A&M.
The defending national champion Huskies (38-0) won their 44th straight game and will be going for their record ninth national championship in Nashville. Their semifinal opponent Sunday will be Stanford or North Carolina.
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