Jueves, 23 Marcha, 2017

Mabrey scores 21 as Notre Dame survives Purdue in OT

Notre Dame's Turner leaves NCAA 2nd round game with knee injury NCAA women's basketball: Notre Dame survives in overtime
Montrelle Montesinos | 21 Marcha, 2017, 01:12

Ohio State (28-6) eliminated Kentucky from the NCAA Tournament with an 82-68 victory in Memorial Coliseum on Sunday in which former United Kingdom player Linnae Harper posted a near triple-double of 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

The top-seeded Irish (32-3) advance to the Lexington Regional where they will meet Ohio State Friday at a time to be determined.

Turner went down to the ground, was helped up by medical staff and was assisted to the locker room area.

The junior post landed awkwardly in the first half and immediately grabbed her left knee. She returned courtside before the start of the 2nd half walking on her own power, without a brace or limp but did not participate in warmups and did not start the 2nd half.

An MRI was scheduled for Monday to assess what damage was done and whether she will be sidelined for the remainder of the NCAA Tournament.

Turner is a force on defense for the Irish as she had blocked a total of 86 shots coming into the Purdue contest. Although the Irish scored 32 points in the second quarter and led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, Purdue didn't go away.

A team spokesman said her return for the game Sunday night against Purdue was doubtful. "I hope she heals up". Boilermakers senior guard Ashley Morrissette had 21 of her 23 points in the second half and overtime, and Irish sophomore guard Marina Mabrey - tasked with guarding her - said she struggled to do so without Turner behind her to alter potential shots. Mabrey then made two free throws for the Irish with 13 seconds left. A steal by Mabrey followed by a tough bank shot with just over a minute left in the extra period sparked the Irish.

"This team has a heart and we proved that tonight", Morrissette said. They failed to score a single point, going 0-for-7 from the floor and turning the ball over three times, including two shot-clock violations. "We didn't get back on defense and gave up six points on transition baskets".

"We completely fell apart on offense", McGraw said.

Purdue narrowed the lead to 82-80 when Bridget Perry, who finished with 22 points, made a pair of free throws with 34.2 seconds left. But Notre Dame withstood the hard-charging effort of the Boilers (23-13) behind the calming effort of Lindsay Allen, the only player who was on the floor for all 45 minutes, who finished with 12 points and eight assists. The Irish (32-3) had a 16-point lead evaporate in the third period as Brianna Turner watched from the bench after suffering a knee injury just before halftime. Holmes finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. "So we were sure happy that one went in". The second quarter, though, continued to the be the team's downfall.

Meanwhile, Purdue also converted only 6-of-17 from the floor in the first quarter and nearly repeated that with a 7-of-17 effort in the second quarter.

Irish freshman forward Erin Boley defends the paint against Boilermakers sophomore forward Dominique McBryde during Notre Dame's 88-82 overtime win over Purdue on Sunday at Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame scored only eight points in the fourth quarter while making 3-of-12 (25 percent) from the field and missing their last seven. "It's just so different without Bri when you're in the ball screen because they have to worry about her".