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Irish sent home

The Notre Dame women's basketball team couldn't do it again to Oklahoma.

The second-seeded Irish fell to the third-seeded Sooners 77-72 in overtime in the semifinals of the Kansas City Regional in the NCAA tournament.

Notre Dame defeated Oklahoma in overtime in the 2008 tournament, and the Irish defeated the Sooners 81-71 Nov. 28.

Melissa Lechlitner scored 22 for Notre Dame (29-6), and Lindsay Schrader added 19. Ashley Barlow, who came off the bench instead of starting as usual, scored 13.

Freshman guard Skylar Diggins was held in check with 10 points, but she did hit a three-pointer late in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Oklahoma's size appeared to be too much for Notre Dame as the Sooners finished with a 39-30 rebounding edge and 13 offensive rebounds.

Abi Olajuwon, the daughter of former NBA great Hakeem Olajuwon, led the charge with 20 points and 14 rebounds.

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