NOTRE DAME 88, PURDUE 82 (OT)
Top seeds Notre Dame and South Carolina stave off upset bids from Purdue and Arizona State, respectively.
Maryland’s Brionna Jones, shown at top shooting between two West Virginia defenders, joins teammates Kristen Confroy (12) and Sarah Myers in celebration during the Terrapins’ second-round NCAA tournament win. Jones totaled 22 points and 11 rebounds in her final home game.
Marina Mabrey scored 21 points, Arike Ogunbowale added 18 and top-seeded Notre Dame survived playing the second half without leading scorer Brianna Turner to beat ninth-seeded Purdue, 88-82, in overtime Sunday night in the NCAA tournament’s Lexington Region in South Bend, Ind.
The Irish used a 6- 0 run in overtime to open an 82-78 lead when Jackie Young and Lindsay Allen scored inside and Mabrey banked in a jumper. 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. Mabrey then made two free throws for the Irish with 13 seconds left. Ae’Rianna Harris scored inside for Purdue (23-13) to make it 84-82.
Ogunbowale capped off the win with a pair of free throws with with 8.7 seconds left and two more with 0.1 seconds left.
The Irish (32-3) won despite Turner, who averages 15.5 points a game, leaving with a left knee injury after landing awkwardly trying to catch a pass in the final minute of the first half. Turner finished with 10 points.
Purdue ended regulation on a 10- 0 run to force the overtime.
Notre Dame next plays Ohio State in Lexington, Ky., in the regional semifinals.
SOUTH CAROLINA 71, ARIZONA STATE 68: A’ja Wilson scored 21 points, including the putback that gave South Carolina the lead for good and the free throws that sealed it, to help the top-seeded Gamecocks edge eighth-seeded Arizona State in the second round of the Stockton Region in Columbia, S.C.
Sophie Bruner missed a heavily contested three-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied it.
Arizona State (20-13) scored 11 straight points to take a 68- 67 lead with two minutes to go, but Wilson put back her own miss with 46.8 seconds remaining to give South Carolina (29-4) a 6968 advantage.
Kaela Davis had a steal on the Sun Devils’ next-to-last possession and Wilson converted the two free throws.
South Carolina, which advanced to the Sweet 16 for a fourth straight year, was already playing without Alaina Coates, may have more injuries to worry about. Starting guard Allisha Gray had to be carried off after hurting her knee late in the game.
The Gamecocks head out to Stockton, Calif., to play the winner of Monday’s game between No. 4 seed Miami and 12th seeded Quinnipiac in a regional semifinal Saturday.
TEXAS 84, N.C. STATE 80: Brooke McCarty scored 23 points, and third-seeded Texas got a putback from Joyner Holmes with four seconds left to hold off sixthseeded North Carolina State in the Lexington Region in Austin.
Texas earned its third straight trip to the Sweet 16, rallying and surviving two outstanding scoring efforts from Wolfpack guards Miah Spencer and Dominique Wilson. Spencer scored 31 points, and Wilson poured in 27.
But Spencer fouled out with one minute left when she tangled with McCarty away from the ball, and Wilson’s go-ahead basket with eight seconds left was waved off on a charging call.
McCarty’s two free throws gave Texas the lead for good at 79-78. Texas next plays the winner of Monday’s game between Kansas State and Stanford.
North Carolina State (23-9) missed going to its first Sweet 16 since 2007.
OHIO STATE 82, KENTUCKY 68: In Lexington, Ky., Tori McCoy scored six straight points midway through the fourth quarter to help Ohio State withstand Kentucky’s furious rally from a 19-point second-half
deficit and escape with a secondround victory in the Lexington Region.
The fourth-seeded Wildcats trailed 50-31 early in the third but closed to 65- 64 with 6:04 remaining. The fifth-seeded Buckeyes (28- 6) answered with eight straight points behind McCoy.
Makayla Epps had 21 points for Kentucky (22-11). MISSISSIPPI STATE 92, DEPAUL 71: In Starkville, Miss., Blair Schaefer scored 18 points, Jazzmun Holmes added 14 and the second-seeded Bulldogs beat the seventh-seeded Blue Demons in the second round of the Oklahoma City Region.
Mississippi State (31-4) advances to play the winner of Monday night’s game between thirdseeded Washington and sixthseeded Oklahoma.
DePaul finished (27-8). OREGON STATE 64,
CREIGHTON 52: Sydney Wiese scored 13 points and secondseeded Oregon State moved on in the Stockton Region with a win over seventh-seeded Creighton in Corvallis, Ore.
Oregon State (31-4) will go on to face third-seeded Florida State in Stockton, Calif.
Sydney Lamberty scored 19 points for the Bluejays (24-8).
FLORIDA STATE 77, MISSOURI 55: Shakayla Thomas scored 20 points and third-seeded Florida State advanced in the Stockton Region, reaching the Sweet 16 for the third straight season with a victory over sixthseeded Missouri in Tallahassee.
Thomas, who also had 11 rebounds, was one of four Seminoles in double figures.
Florida State (27- 6) will face second-seeded Oregon State, which beat seventh-seeded Creighton, 64-52, on Sunday night.
Missouri finished (22-11).
Notre Dame’s Marina Mabrey (21 points) drives by Purdue’s Dominique McBryde during the first half.