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Notre Dame guard Kayla McBride (right) throws a pass around Virginia Tech forward Nia Evans during the first half of a game Thursday at Notre Dame. (Joe Raymond)

Notre Dame guard Kayla McBride (21) drives the lane between Virginia Tech forward Uju Ugoka, right, and guard Vanessa Panousis during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond) (Joe Raymond)
McBride leads Notre Dame to 74-48 win over Hokies
McBride scores 18 to lead No. 2 Notre Dame to 74-48 victory over Virginia Tech

Posted on Jan. 30, 2014 at 10:29 p.m. | Updated on Jan. 30, 2014 at 10:51 p.m.

NOTRE DAME — Kayla McBride scored 18 points and Notre Dame held Virginia Tech to 27 percent shooting in a 74-48 victory Thursday, the Fighting Irish’s 22nd straight home win.

The Irish (20-0, 7-0) are off to their second best start, three victories shy of matching the 2000-01 start en route to a national championship. It was the most lopsided loss of the season for the Hokies (10-10, 0-7), who have lost eight straight.

Virginia Tech was only four points down until Notre Dame ended the first half on a 15-1 run to take a 37-19 halftime lead, the fewest points allowed by the Irish in the first half this season. The Irish opened the second half with an 8-2 spurt to put the game away.

Vanessa Panousis led the Hokies with 12 points. Uju Ugoka, who averages 20.2 points, was held to 10 points.