Craig Smith

College basketball: Notre Dame women get past Oregon 84-74

College basketball: Notre Dame women get past Oregon 84-74

Kathryn Westbeld scored 20 points, Jessica Shepard had 18 and Notre Dame reached the Final Four for the eighth time by defeating Oregon 84-74 on Monday night at Spokane, Wash.

Westbeld had been slowed by an ankle injury from the first round of the NCAA tournament and had scored a combined 12 points in the previous four games, but she teamed with Shepard for an inside attack that hurt the Ducks.

The Fighting Irish (33-3) outscored the Ducks 52-38 in the paint and had a 51-29 rebounding advantage in the Spokane Regional final.

It’s the sixth Final Four for the Irish since 2011. They’ll play Connecticut in a semifinal game Friday night at Columbus, Ohio.

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