2012 Women's NCAA Tournament: No. 16 Seed Liberty Falls 74-43 To No. 1 Seed Notre Dame

The No. 16 seed Liberty Lady Flames (24-9) were no match for top-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday, losing their opening game in the 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament 74-43 to the Fighting Irish (31-3).

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2012 Women's NCAA Tournament: No. 16 Seed Liberty Falls 74-43 To No. 1 Seed Notre Dame

The No. 16 seed Liberty Lady Flames (24-9) were no match for top-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday, losing their opening game in the 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament 74-43 to the Fighting Irish (31-3).

Notre Dame jumped out to an 11-0 lead less than two minutes into the game, and after Liberty fought back to make the score 16-8, the Irish went on another 11-0 run on their way to an insurmountable 44-19 lead at the half.

Notre Dame shot 48.5 percent in the game, while holding Liberty to just 31 percent shooting from the floor. The Lady Flames, who averaged 20 turnovers a game during the regular season, unfortunately topped that on Sunday with 23 giveaways, 17 of which came in the lopsided first half.

The Irish will now take on the California Golden Bears on Tuesday at the Purcell Pavilion, where Notre Dame is 16-1 this season.

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2012 Women's NCAA Tournament: Liberty Earns No. 16 Seed, Will Face Notre Dame

The Liberty University Lady Flames women's basketball team will open the 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament as a No. 16 seed in the Raleigh regional. The 2012 Women's NCAA tournament bracket was announced on Monday night.

The Liberty Lady Flames will face No. 1 seed Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. The game is scheduled for March 18 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

Liberty finished the season with a 24-8 record, including a 16-2 mark in the Big South Conference. The Lady Eagles earned an automatic bid by defeating High Point 81-73 in the Big South tournament championship game.

The rest of Liberty's regional bracket looks like this:

No. 8 Cal vs. No. 9 Iowa
No. 5 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast
No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 13 Marist
No. 6 Arkansas vs. No. 11 Dayton
No. 3 Texas A&M vs. No. 14 Albany
No. 7 Louisville vs. No. 10 Michigan State
No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Navy

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