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Notre Dame guard Jewell Loyd, right, drives the lane as South Dakota State guard Steph Paulch defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 in South Bend, Ind.
SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Kayla McBride scored 18 points on 8-for-8 shooting from the field to help No. 2 Notre Dame cruise to a 94-51 victory over South Dakota State on Thursday night.

McBride was also 2 for 2 from the free-throw line, and had four steals. Natalie Achonwa added 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Irish (12-0) and Jewell Loyd chipped in 14 points in Notre Dame's final nonconference matchup before making its Atlantic Coast Conference debut.

Gabby Boever scored nine points to lead the Jackrabbits (9-7), who were facing their highest-ranked opponent in program history.

The Irish used a 12-0 run to take a 19-4 lead on Taya Reimer's layup 5 1/2 minutes into the game. Madison Cable hit two 3-pointers during another 12-0 run that pushed the lead to 57-21 in the final minute of the first half.

Loyd's layup with just under 15 minutes remaining made it 69-29.