Megan Golden and Leigh Torbin | March 20, 2017
For the 15th time in program history, and the eighth year in a row, the top-seeded University of Notre Dame women's basketball team has advanced to the Sweet 16 after downing No. 9-seed Purdue, 88-82, in overtime on Sunday night at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
Notre Dame escaped a fourth-quarter rally by the Boilermakers, which outscored the Irish, 19-7, in the frame.
Senior Lindsay Allen's layup with 5:17 remaining were Notre Dame's final points in the fourth quarter as Purdue used a 10-0 run in the final minutes to send the game to overtime.
Notre Dame and Purdue exchanged buckets in the opening minutes of the extra period, but Purdue ran out of time and was forced to foul Notre Dame's best shooters. Sophomores Marina Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale drained six key free throws within the final 13 seconds of overtime, giving the Irish an 88-82 edge and ultimately securing the victory.
The win marks Notre Dame's 18th straight victory against the Big Ten.
The Turning Point
Notre Dame used strong performances from freshmen Jackie Young and Erin Boley to erase the early deficit and outscore the Boilermakers, 32-16, in the second quarter. Young and Boley combined to score 14 points in the period, scoring the first 12 points of the quarter and leading the Irish on a 24-9 run.
Notre Dame's 32 points in the quarter marked its highest-scoring period since it tallied 34 in the second quarter against Wake Forest on January 5.