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March 19, 2017 11:45 PM

Mabrey scores 21 as Notre Dame survives Purdue 88-82 in OT

TOM COYNE | Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Marina Mabrey scored 21 points, Arike Ogunbowale added 18 and No. 1 seed Notre Dame survived playing the second half without leading scorer Brianna Turner to beat ninth-seeded Purdue 88-82 in overtime Sunday night, advancing to the Sweet 16.

The Irish used a 6-0 run in OT to open an 82-78 lead when Jackie Young and Lindsay Allen scored inside and Mabrey banked in a jumper. Purdue narrowed the lead to 82-80 when Bridget Perry, who finished with 22 points, made a pair of free throws with 34.2 seconds left. Mabrey then made two free throws for the Irish with 13 seconds left. Ae'Rianna Harris scored inside for Purdue (23-13) to make it 84-82.

Ogunbowale capped off the win with a pair of free throws with with 8.7 seconds left and two more with 0.1 seconds left.

The Irish (32-3) won despite Turner, who averages 15.5 points a game, leaving with a left knee injury after landing awkwardly trying to catch a pass in the final minute of the first half. Turner finished with 10 points.

The win was the Irish's eighth straight over Purdue, although it was their first meeting in four seasons in what had been an annual game between the northern Indiana schools until 2012-13.

Purdue ended regulation on a 10-0 run to force the overtime. Perry cut the lead to 74-72 on a layup with 1:35 left. Ogunbowle had a chance to extend the lead to four points, but her layup attempt rolled off the rim. Perry made a pair of free throws with 32.5 seconds left. Notre Dame's Lindsay Allen missed a layup with 4.3 seconds. Purdue wasn't able to get a shot off after calling a timeout.

Allen added 12 points and eight assists for the Irish, who outscored Purdue 54-34 in the paint. Ashley Morrisette led Purdue with 23 points, Dominique Oden had 16 and Ae'Riannna Harris had 12.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: The Boilermakers needed to win seven straight and advance to the Big Ten Tournament title game to earn a second straight NCAA Tournament berth, but couldn't advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2009.

Notre Dame: The Irish, who started the season ranked No. 1, are comfortably where they were expected to be as they advance to the NCAA regional semifinals for the eighth straight season and the 15th time overall.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: Plays the Ohio State in Lexington, Kentucky, in the regional semifinal, where they were upset last season by Stanford. The Buckeyes are coached by Kevin McGuff, a Notre Dame assistant for six seasons including in 2001, when the Irish won the national championship.