Notre Dame Crushes Oklahoma to Advance to Elite 8

DAYTON, Ohio -- Brittany Mallory scored a season-high 20 points Saturday, and Notre Dame's defensive pressure took its toll in a 78-53 victory over Oklahoma that sent the second-seeded Fighting Irish to the regional final. Notre Dame (29-7) will play top-seeded Tennessee on Monday. The Lady Vols (34-2) pulled away from Ohio State in the second half for an 85-75 win -- their 25th straight -- in the other semifinal. Nicole Griffin scored 18 points for Oklahoma (23-12), which reached the Final Four each of the last two years. Notre Dame's go-for-the-ball pressure crumpled the Sooners' guard-driven offense, which had only eight field goals and 14 turnovers in the decisive first half. Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press