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NOTRE DAME 88, PUR­DUE 82 (OT)

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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).

ROBERT FRANKLIN/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Notre Dame’s Ma­rina Mabrey (21 points) drives by Pur­due’s Do­minique McBryde dur­ing the first half.

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