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Kayla McBride has knack for having best performances in Notre Dame's biggest games

Kayla McBride is taking advantage of her chance to score more for Notre Dame.

The 5-11 junior has been at the top of her game for the past month, scoring 22 points or more in six of Notre Dame's last eight games, including a career-high 28 points against Iowa on Tuesday.

Coach Muffet McGraw attributes McBride's late-season success to growing confidence after being overshadowed by upper classmen last season. She says McBride wanted a bigger role and she's taking it.

McGraw says the Irish haven't been trying to get the ball to McBride more, she's just making her shots so teammates are finding her more often. The Irish (33-1) have won a school-record 28 straight games heading into their game Sunday against 12th-seeded Kansas (20-13) in Norfolk, Va.