Allen leads Irish women over Virginia in ACC quarterfinals

The Cardinals were not as fortunate, blowing an early 14-point lead and falling at Wake Forest, potentially costing themselves a shot at a double-bye in next week's ACC tournament.

Notre Dame could have secured a double-bye in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament with a victory Saturday.

Notre Dame is rolling along right now, winning six straight to get to 23-7 on the season and 12-5 in the ACC. The Cardinals came in to that one 6th in the nation in blocked shots at 6.6 per game, and finished with seven, six of them from center Anas Mahmoud.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series, 14-1, and has won each of the last 12 meetings since an 80-62 Blue Devil victory on November 22, 1997 at Cameron Indoor Arena.

Besides Mathiang, David Levitch and graduate transfer Tony Hicks were honoured before the game. A win in that game would all-but guarantee an NCAA Tournament bid for the first time since 2007, though the Hokies will likely make the Big Dance regardless of Wednesday's result. Quentin Snider poured in 15 of his 17 points in the second half against Notre Dame when Louisville needed it most, and overall is looking great after missing almost a month with an injury.

Notre Dame will be looking to knock off the powerhouses of the tournament. With Georgia Tech and Pitt deciding who will play Virginia, which will decide the Irish's opponent, Notre Dame doesn't really need to worry about too much competition.

On Jan. 26 at Notre Dame, Brianna Turner scored 25 points with 12 rebounds while Lindsay Allen contributed a career-high-tying 12 assists as the Irish beat Duke, 62-58. The game was tied at 68-68 with two minutes remaining.

Virginia may have handled the Irish in their first meeting this season, but the Cavaliers are hitting a rough patch in their year. Eight of the last 18 have been decided in overtime.

Notre Dame was up 12 at the half before Duke scored 10 straight points to start the third quarter and close the gap, 43-41.

UofL Coach Rick Pitino has a 14-11 career record against Notre Dame (8-8 at Louisville, 6-1 at Kentucky, 0-1 at Providence, 0-1 at Boston U.). The over/under total for the game is listed at 146 points. Donovan Mitchell led the Cardinals with 20 points and added five steals to go with five assists and four rebounds. Ogunbowale had seven points during that opening stretch. Duke was led by Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Deng Adel rounds out the top scorers with 11.8 points per game.

The Irish have claimed their sixth consecutive outright regular season conference title and are now in position to extend a couple of historic tournament championship streaks.

Quentin Snider needs four assists for 100 this season.

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) It always seems to come down to the last second when Louisville and North Carolina State play lately. Among those possibilities, UofL owns the tiebreaker in head-to-head games against Virginia Tech and Miami, but not Virginia or Florida State.