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  • Notre Dame's Jessica Shepard (32) shoots over Texas A&M's Ciera Johnson (40) during the first half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Saturday, March 30, 2019 5:20 pm

Halftime: Texas A&M 42, Notre Dame 42

VICTORIA JACOBSEN | The Journal Gazette

CHICAGO – Hold on tight, it's another Sweet 16 barn-burner.

As was fitting for a tightly-contested first half between No. 4-seed Texas A&M and No. 1-seed Notre Dame, Arike Ogunbowale put the Irish up 42-40 on a jumper with 33 seconds remaining in the first half, but Ciera Johnson grabbed the rebound from Chennedy Carter's miss and put it back at the last second to tie the game. 

Both teams are shooting at approximately 50 percent (Texas A&M has the slight edge, at 51.4 to Notre Dame's 50 percent), but the Aggies have done more damage from long-range, as Carter has hit four 3s.

Marina Mabrey hit her first 3-pointer of the tournament late in the first half. She had two quiet games in the first two rounds after missing several practices with a slight knee injury, but if she gets hot in the second half that could be quite an asset in what is shaping up to be a shoot out.

No one should be surprised by Carter's first half (she's leading the Aggies with 16 points), but she does have two fouls. 

Jessica Shepard has been a real stand-out for the Irish so far, with 15 points and six rebounds. Texas A&M hasn't found a way to keep her from getting the ball under the basket, or keeping her from scoring when she does. Brianna Turner and Ogunbowale each have 10 points.

The Irish are also 5-for-7 from the free throw line, while the Aggies missed their one attempt – which the A&M fans have definitely noticed.