SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Natalie Achonwa scored a career-high 22 points to lead No. 5 Notre Dame to a 93-36 rout over Mercer on Tuesday night.
Jewell Loyd added 19 points for the Fighting Irish (3-0), who jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back, pushing it to 26-7 midway through the first half before taking a 48-12 lead at the break.
The Bears resorted to fouling Achonwa and Ariel Braker in the post to try and stop the easy baskets, but the pair combined to hit 10 of 13 at the free throw line. Notre Dame outrebounded Mercer 52-27 and outscored the Bears 60-12 in the paint.
Notre Dame's aggressive defense forced 20 turnovers and the Irish shot nearly 54 percent (37 for 69).
Tabitha Bradshaw scored 10 points to lead Mercer (3-1), which was limited to perimeter shot attempts and hit only 26 percent (15 of 58) from the field.
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