Notre Dame Survives In Overtime; Brianna Turner Injured, Status Uncertain

Paola Ditto
Marzo 21, 2017

Turner's availability for the Ohio State game was unknown, although she emerged from the Irish locker room after halftime without ice or a brace on the injured knee.

When Notre Dame's women's basketball team opened the season ranked No. 1 in the nation - ahead of even mighty UConn - an appearance in the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 seemed a certainty. 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.

It was the ultimate Survive and Advance moment for Notre Dame late Sunday night.

Turner scored 10 points as the Irish built a 45-33 lead. She limped off the court and returned just before the second half began, but she never came back on the court.

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.

Purdue was led by seniors Ashley Morrissette with 23 points and Bridget Perry 22.

Turner is a force on defense for the Irish as she had blocked a total of 86 shots coming into the Purdue contest.

The Boilermakers shot only 13-of-32 from the field in the first half (40.6 percent) when Turner was mostly in the lineup, but 15 -of-28 (53.6 percent) in the third and fourth quarters.

Mabrey banked home a jump shot with 1:12 left in the overtime to put her team up 82-78.

"Purdue did pretty much whatever they wanted during that stretch", Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. 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.

Despite Turner being out for the rest of the game and Westbeld picking up her third foul with 8:05 left in the third period, the Irish still had a 66-55 lead heading into the final 10 minutes.

Mabrey netted 13 of her points in the second half and the overtime.

Senior point guard Lindsay Allen played all 45 minutes and did not have a turnover while handing out eight assists and scoring 12 points.

Mabrey said she was focused on not turning the ball over.

Two that did were sophomore Marina Mabrey who tossed in a team-high 21 points and freshman Jackie Young who added 16 on 7-of-9 shooting. Her backdoor feed to Young for a layup tied the game at 78 in overtime, and she gave the Irish the lead for good (80-78) on an aggressive drive with 2:15 remaining.

In 13 first-half minutes, Young finished 5-of-5 from the floor for 11 points to go with three assists and three rebounds. And this was despite the fact that she keyed the second quarter that gave the Irish the 14-point cushion they needed every bit of, as she scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds in the period.

The Irish offense was in a play-not-to-lose mode while trying to milk the clock, twice getting called for shot-clock violations and several other times forcing hurried shots with the shot clock winding down.

"We completely fell apart offensively", said McGraw of the fourth quarter.

Irish junior forward Brianna Turner catches a pass and looks towards the basket during Notre Dame's 88-82 win over Purdue on Sunday at Purcell Pavilion.

"I was just thinking, 'We really need to score right now", she said.

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