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Irish enter unfamiliar ACC with familiar goals

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TOM COYNE | October 8, 2013 06:47 PM EST | AP


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame guard Kayla McBride says the Fighting Irish head into the season with the same goals as usual: a conference title and a national championship.

McBride and the other Notre Dame seniors are out to become the first group of Fighting Irish to advance to the Final Four in four straight seasons. The Irish have four returning starters and six of their seven leading scorers back from a team that finished 35-2.

Freshman Lindsay Allen is expected to fill the point guard spot held by hometown star Skylar Diggins the past few seasons, while McBride and Natalie Achonwa are expected to take over the leadership role.

Coach Muffet McGraw says the team will have more depth at forward than in recent memory. She describes the Irish as a young veteran team.