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  • Associated Press Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale drives between a pair of Marquette players Wednesday in South Bend. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017 1:00 am

College basketball

Irish win in OT thanks to senior

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SOUTH BEND – Coach Muffet McGraw often calls senior Kathryn Westbeld “the glue” of No. 2 Notre Dame. On Wednesday, Westbeld held the Irish together against upset-minded Marquette.

Westbeld had 13 points and 10 rebounds in Notre Dame's 91-85 overtime victory.

“I thought Kat, in the last of the fourth quarter and the overtime was an All-American,” McGraw said. “She was fabulous. She made so many big plays.”

The biggest came with the Irish trailing 73-70 in the fourth quarter with the 6-foot-2 Westbeld on the line for two free throws with 43 seconds left. She made the first, missed the second, but hustled to get the rebound and scored with 40 seconds remaining to tie it.

“Just don't quit on the play,” reflected Westbeld, who started the season slowly after offseason ankle surgery. “My mindset is we can't lose, we're not about to lose this game, so really just keep attacking. Offensive rebounds are always huge, especially at the end of games that are that close.”

Junior Arike Ogunbowale led Notre Dame (11-1) with 22 points – 17 after halftime. Jessica Shepard, a game after scoring a career-high 39 points, had 13 points and 12 rebounds on a gimpy ankle, while sophomore Jackie Young had 10 points and 10 rebounds playing with a mask to protect a broken nose. Marina Mabrey had 19 points.


No. 4 DUKE 104, EVANSVILLE 40: In Durham, N.C., Freshman Wendell Carter Jr. scored a season-best 27 points for the Blue Devils.

Marvin Bagley III added 18 points and Grayson Allen finished with 16 to help the Blue Devils (12-1) bounce back from their lone loss with one of their best defensive performances of the season.

Dainius Chatkevicius had 12 points to lead the Purple Aces (10-3), who had their five-game winning streak snapped. 

WARNER 88, HUNTINGTON  82: At Lake Wales, Florida, Nick Macon had 20 points, 11 assists and four steals for Warner (10-5), which got 24 points from Melton Sanders and staved off a late rally by the Lancers.

Grace (7-5) was paced by Trevor Lockwood's 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Teammate Mike Bush had 19 points and seven assists.

TRINE 77, ANDERSON 69: In Angola, Langston Johnson made 8 of 13 shots, including 3 of 7 from 3-point range, and totaled 19 points for the Thunder.

Trine (4-6) led 41-38 at halftime and didn't waver. Pete Smith had 16 points and seven rebounds.

Anderson (4-5) was paced by Trevor Lucas' 24 points.


SOUTHEASTERN 87, SAINT FRANCIS 61: In Lakeland, Florida, Southeastern, the No. 3 team in NAIA Division II, opened the game with a 24-10 run and led 47-26 at halftime. Ana Richter had 27 points for Southeastern (14-0).

Saint Francis (8-6) was paced by Sidney Crowe's 15 points. She made 4 of 10 from 3-point range. 

Kara Gerka added 11 points.

PURDUE 70, SAINT MARY'S 60: In West Lafayette, the Boilermakers (9-5) captured the Traveler's Inc. Invitational title after Karissa McLaughlin, a Homestead graduate, made 6 of 10 shots for a team-best 17 points. 

Ae'Rianna Harris was named tournament MVP after she had 13 points and 10 rebounds against Saint Mary's (7-4).