SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Lindsay Allen scored a season-high 22 points, Brianna Turner added 18 points and 10 rebounds and top-seed Notre Dame finally broke away from ninth-seed Indiana with a 15-2 run that started late in the third quarter to beat the Hoosiers 87-70 on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Hoosiers (21-12) used a 12-1 run, led by three baskets by Alexis Gassion and a pair by Amanda Cahill, to cut the score to 56-54 on a basket by Lindsay Leikem with 2:47 left in the third quarter. But the Irish quickly regained control with a layup by Arike Ogunbowale and a basket by Allen when she stole the inbounds basket by Leikem. Madison Cable then hit a pair of free throws after being fouled hard by Karlee McBride, the younger sister of former Notre Dame standout Kayla McBride, to give the Irish a 60-54 lead.
The Irish (33-1) led 66-56 at the end of the third quarter after a jumper by Marina Mabrey. Mabrey, who finished with 15 points, then added another basket and Turner added a pair of baskets as the Irish opened a 71-56 lead. Moments later the Irish opened an 80-60 lead on a pair of 3-pointers by Cable.
Allen, who didn’t attempt a shot in Notre Dame’s opening-round win against North Carolina A&T, was 10 of 13 shooting, including 8 of 10 in the first half when she scored 18 points, including making the final five baskets of the half for the Irish.
Turner struggled early for the Irish, making just one of her first five shots and fumbling away the ball once under the basket, but was 6 of 11 in the second half. Madison Cable added 16 points for Notre Dame, which outscored Indiana 52-26 in the paint.
Tyra Buss struggled against the Irish defenders, failing to get a shot off before the shot clock once, air-balling a 3-pointer and missing a pair of layups. Buss, Indiana’s leading scorer at 19.1 points a game, matched her season-low with 10 points on 3 of 16 shooting.
Gassion and McBride led the Hoosiers with 17 points each. McBride, who was booed by the Irish crowd in the second half after fouling Cable, matched her career-high with four 3-pointers, all in the first half.
Indiana center Jenn Anderson played only three minutes in the first half after picking up two fouls quickly in the first quarter and her third foul 9 seconds into the second quarter. She fouled out when she was called for a foul with 7:15 left in the game and she was then called for a technical for protesting the call. She finished with four points.
Indiana: The Hoosiers dropped to 0-4 all-time against teams ranked No. 2 in The Associated Press poll. They are 0-3 against No. 1 teams. … The highest-ranked team Indiana has ever beaten was No. 4 Ohio State, 67-62, in 2010 in Bloomington. … Indiana’s 21 victories tied for the most in the program’s history. … The Hoosiers fell to 2-5 all-time in the tournament. … There were several pockets of Indiana fans in the arena, but most in the crowd wore lime-green shirts supporting the Irish.
Notre Dame: Notre Dame has won 22 straight games against in-state teams since losing 54-51 to the Hoosiers on Dec. 3, 2006. … The Irish are in the Sweet 16 for the 14th time in the past 20 seasons and the seventh straight time overall. … Notre Dame improved to 7-4 all-time against Indiana. The17-point victory was the largest ever for the Irish against the Hoosiers, surpassing a 13-point win in 2005. The other 10 games in the series were all decided by 10 points or less.
Notre Dame: plays the winner of South Dakota State-Stanford game in Lexington, Kentucky.