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Braker, Achonwa key No. 2 Notre Dame women to 69-50 win over Seton Hall

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    Seton Hall's Tabatha Richardson-Smith (1) takes a shot next to Notre Dame's Jewell Loyd (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in South Orange, N.J. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz) (The Associated Press)

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    Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins (4) attempts a shoot as Seton Hall's Brittany Morris (2) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in South Orange, N.J. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz) (The Associated Press)

Ariel Braker matched her career high with 15 points and Natalie Achonwa added 11 points and nine rebounds to help No. 2 Notre Dame beat Seton Hall 69-50 on Saturday for the Irish's 17th straight victory.

Notre Dame (22-1, 10-0 Big East) trailed 2-0 before jumping on the Pirates by scoring 17 of the next 19 points. Achonwa had seven points during the run, including back-to-back layups.

Seton Hall trailed by 14 before going on a 13-4 spurt to close to 33-28 on Tabatha Richardson-Smith's 3-pointer with 2:29 left in the first half. The Irish led 35-28 at the break.

The Pirates (8-15, 3-7) got within eight in the second half before Notre Dame put the game away with a 12-2 run keyed by Braker.

Brittany Morris scored 17 points to lead Seton Hall.

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