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Notre Dame forward Ariel Braker (44) tries to pass against Maryland center Brionna Jones (42) during the first half of the championship game in the Final Four of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Maryland guard Lexie Brown (4) looks to pass against the defense of Notre Dame's Jewell Loyd (32) Markisha Wright (34) during the first half of the championship game in the Final Four of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Notre Dame guard Lindsay Allen (15) shoots past Maryland forward Alyssa Thomas (25) during the first half of the championship game in the Final Four of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Maryland plays Notre Dame during the first half of the championship game in the Final Four of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The Notre Dame pep band performs before the first half of the championship game against Maryland in the Final Four of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa and Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw watch practice before the women's Final Four of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Notre Dame will play Maryland Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey)

Notre Dame forward Ariel Braker (44) reacts to play against Maryland during the first half of the championship game in the Final Four of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Notre Dame dominates Maryland to reach NCAA title game for third straight year
Posted on April 6, 2014 at 7:27 p.m.

NASHVILLE — One more win and Notre Dame will be a national champion. But first things first.

The Fighting Irish improved to 37-0 with a dominating 87-61 victory over Maryland in the first NCAA Women's Tournament national semifinal on Sunday, April 6. Kayla McBride, Notre Dame's first-team All-America selection with 28 points in a brilliant performance.

Jewell Loyd added 16 points and 9 rebounds for the Irish, who overwhelmed the Terrapins on the backboards. Loyd also helped play tremendous defense on Maryland All-America pick Alyssa Thomas, who scored a quiet 14 points.

Coach Muffet McGraw's squad will take on either tourney top seed and unbeaten UConn or Stanford in Tuesday night's championship game.