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Achonwa, Fighting Irish roll to win in Toronto

Guelph cage star Natalie Achonwa and her Notre Dame Fighting Irish downed Duquesne 100-61 in Toronto on Sunday.

Achonwa, a former Centennial CVI student who is a current member of Canada’s national women’s basketball team, netted 11 points in the win and had 10 rebounds. The game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 933 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, formerly Maple Leaf Gardens.

“The energy level in the gym was audibly different when (Achonwa) took an elbow to the eye at 5:52 of the second half and limped off the court. Achonwa returned to cheers from the crowd after the gash was treated, to record her 21st career double-double,” says a report at the Notre Dame hoops website.

Achonwa, a senior, is the first international player in the Notre Dame program’s 37-year history.

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