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Notre Dame remains undefeated after holding off Maryland

The first Big Monday game did not disappoint, as #2 Notre Dame had to scramble to hold off #8 Maryland, 87-83:

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Notre Dame had just won a close game on the road to remain unbeaten, yet Irish coach Muffet McGraw wore a disgusted look on her face.

That’s because second-ranked Notre Dame lost a 22-point lead and had to scramble to salvage an 87-83 win over No. 8 Maryland on Monday night.

“If it’s possible to be disappointed after a (win), I’d say that’s how I’m feeling right now,” McGraw said. “I thought we completely lost our poise, which is so unusual for us.”

Jewell Loyd scored a career-high 31 points and Kayla McBride had 20 for the Irish, who previously hadn’t yielded more than 76 points in a game.

Alyssa Thomas put up 29 points for the Terps.

Game #2 wasn’t so close, as #4 Stanford routed USC, 86-59, behind Chiney Ogwumike’s 30 points and 12 rebounds.

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