Notre Dame survives adversity, Purdue, 88-82 in OT, to advance to Sweet 16

Ken Klimek
Tribune Correspondent

SOUTH BEND — They call it survive and advance.

That is literally what top-seeded Notre Dame did Sunday night, losing All-America center Brianna Turner just before halftime but holding on for an 88-82 overtime victory over ninth-seeded Purdue in second-round NCAA Tournament action at Purcell Pavilion.

Turner took a hard fall just before halftime, clutching her left knee, and did not play in the second half. She had 10 points and one rebound before leaving the game.

Irish coach Muffet McGraw said after the game that Turner would undergo an MRI on Monday to determine her playing status, moving forward.

The Irish (32-3) advance to a Lexington Regional Sweet 16 matchup with fifth-seed Ohio State (28-6), coached by former Notre Dame assistant Kevin McGuff. The game is Friday at Rupp Arena. It will be the eighth straight trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for Notre Dame.

Ohio State advanced with an impressive 82-68 victory Sunday over host and fourth seed Kentucky. Standout Kelsey Mitchell led Ohio State with 21 points.

Meanwhile, Purdue (23-13) kept chipping away at a 16-point, second-half lead, tying the score at 74-74 with 32.5 seconds remaining in regulation. The Irish called timeout with 25.6 seconds remaining. Lindsay Allen drove the lane but missed a short jumper with 4.3 seconds left.

Purdue, coached by Mishawaka High product Sharon Versyp, called timeout but could not get a shot off before the horn sounded, sending the game into overtime. Purdue scored the last 10 points of the fourth quarter.

The score was knotted at 78 in overtime when Allen and Marina Mabrey connected for the Irish putting them up, 82-78, with 1:12 remaining. Following two Bridget Perry free throws for Purdue, Mabrey added two for Notre Dame, putting the Irish up 84-80 with 13 seconds left.

Ae’Rianna Harris scored for Purdue and Arike Ogunbowale was fouled with 8.7 seconds remaining. Ogunbowale hit both and added two more with 0.1 to play.

"We were right there," Versyp said. "We still had opportunities. But we fell short."

Mabrey led the Irish with 21 points, Ogunbowale had 18 and nine rebounds, while freshman Jackie Young had 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, six rebounds and four assists.

“I thought we showed great resilience down the stretch,” said McGraw. “The youth on our team really stepped up today. They didn’t play like freshmen and sophomores, and we needed everything they did.”

Purdue took a 17-13 lead after the first quarter, but Young and fellow freshman Erin Boley scored the next 12 Notre Dame points during a 12-5 spurt that put the Irish up 25-22 with 7:17 to play in the second quarter. Young had seven and Boley five during that run. That duo helped fuel a 32-point second quarter for the Irish.

The Irish stretched the lead to 45-33 at halftime, thanks to eight straight points from Turner. Notre Dame started the second half without Turner, who was on the Irish bench and walking on her own power and not wearing a brace. Kathryn Westbeld started the third quarter in the post, but picked up her third foul with 8:05 remaining and gave way to Kristina Nelson.

The Irish opened a 60-44 lead with 3:59 to play in the third quarter, but Purdue ran off nine straight points to close to 60-53, the closest the Boilers had been since midway through the second quarter. Ogunbowale stopped the Boiler streak with a basket and four free throws.

The Buckeyes, meanwhile, are ranked No.11. McGuff was an assistant at ND when the Irish won the national championship in 2001. He went to four Sweet Sixteens with the Irish and two Final Fours. He became Ohio State’s head coach in 2013.

Notre Dame, ranked second in the nation, now has won 12 straight NCAA games at Purcell Pavilion and are on a 16-game winning streak this season as they head to Lexington. It will be the 15th trip to the round of 16 for the Irish. The Irish now are 3-2 vs. Purdue in NCAA tourney play (and 13-14 overall). The Sunday night victory was the 18th in a row against Big Ten teams.

PURDUE (82): Bridget Perry 7-11 7-9 22, Ae'Rianna Harris 6-13 0-0 12, Ashley Morrissette 7-19 7-9 23, Andreona Keys 2-8 1-1 5, Dominique Oden 6-10 2-2 16, Nora Kiesler 0-2 0-0 0, Dominique McBryde 2-3 0-0 4, Lamina Cooper 0-2 0-0 0. TOTALS 30-68 17-21 82

NOTRE DAME (88): Brianna Turner 5-7 0-2 10, Kathryn Westbeld 2-4 0-0 4, Marina Mabrey 7-15 4-4 21, Lindsay Allen 6-16 0-0 12, Arike Ogunbowale 4-15 8-8 18, Jackie Young 7-9 2-3 16, Mychal Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Kristina Nelson 0-1 0-0 0, Erin Boley 3-5 0-0 7. TOTALS: 34-72 14-17 88

Purdue 17 33 55 74 82

Notre Dame 13 45 66 74 88

3-pointers: Purdue 5-15 (Perry 1, Morrissette 2, Oden 2); ND 6-12 (Mabrey 3, Ogunbowale 2, Boley 1); fouls (fouled out): Purdue 16 (Morrissette), ND 18 (Westbeld); rebounds: Purdue 39 (Perry 9, Harris 8); ND 41 (Ogunbowale 9); turnovers: Purdue 11, ND 11. A — 5,422

Purdue's Bridget Perry (13) tries to steal the ball from Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale (24) during an NCAA Tourney second-round game, Sunday at Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 88-82 in overtime. (Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)