Notre Dame delivered on one promise by coach Muffet McGraw to look different without injured Brianna Turner, shifting from lobbing the ball inside to their star forward to throwing up perimeter shots with success. The strategy certainly suited sophomore guard Arike Ogunbowale, who thrived from all over the court to help the top-seeded Irish maintain their dominance against Ohio State. Ogunbowale had a career-high 32 points, Lindsay Allen added 16 and Notre Dame easily beat Ohio State 99-76 on Friday night in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Don't mess with Dawn Staley's large stash of Lifesavers on the sidelines. ''She'll just eat a Lifesaver and think about what she wants to say before she says it, which we can be very thankful for,'' guard Kaela Davis said Friday as the top-seeded Gamecocks prepared for the Stockton Regional. It used to be, during her playing days at Virginia, the uber-intense Staley was known for snapping a rubberband on her right wrist when she made mistakes.
For the second consecutive season, the Ohio State women’s basketball team had its season ended in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16. The Buckeyes fell to their region’s top seed, Notre Dame, 99-76, on Friday night at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Ohio State’s drought of advancing beyond the Sweet 16 will continue another year. The last time the program went further was in 1993, when the scarlet and gray lost in the tournament championship game to Texas Tech. The Irish, without All-American Brianna Turner who tore her ACL in the team’s last game, was electric from the three-point line, making 12 from deep in the game. Arike Ogunbowale led the way, scoring a career-high 32 points that included