Notre Dame's Turner leaves NCAA 2nd round game with knee injury

Notre Dame's Turner leaves NCAA 2nd round game with knee injury

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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.

She was scheduled to undergo tests Monday on the knee she injured just before halftime of Sunday night's 88-82 NCAA Tournament second-round victory over Purdue.

Notre Dame junior forward Brianna Turner left Sunday's NCAA 2nd round game late in the 2nd quarter with a left knee injury.

Turner went down to the ground, was helped up by medical staff and was assisted to the locker room area. She limped off the court and returned just before the second half began, but she never came back on the court. "She is going to have an MRI and we will go from there".

Turner is a force on defense for the Irish as she had blocked a total of 86 shots coming into the Purdue contest. But the Boilermakers couldn't get a shot off before the clock expired.

After what the Fighting Irish went through to get to Rupp Arena, taking the next step might be significantly more hard. "I hope she heals up".

"I thought we showed great resilience down the stretch and our youngsters really stepped up", said Irish head coach Muffet McGraw.

"That's a prayer that got answered for us, finally", McGraw said.

"We completely fell apart on offense", McGraw said.

Bridget Perry hit two free throws with 32.5 seconds to play, but the Boilermakers were forced to foul.

Senior point guard Lindsay Allen played all 45 minutes and did not have a turnover while handing out eight assists and scoring 12 points. Her backdoor feed to Young for a layup tied the game at 78 in overtime, and she gave the Irish the lead for good (80-78) on an aggressive drive with 2:15 remaining.

After Notre Dame converted only 6-of-17 field goals (35.3 percent) that resulted in a 17-13 Purdue lead after the first quarter, the Irish exploded in the second quarter with 32 points on 14-of-20 shooting from the field (70 percent), including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.

Offensively, perhaps McGraw should have played freshman forward Erin Boley more down the stretch. Mabrey led the Irish with 21 points.

Ashley Morrissette finished with 23 points and Perry added 22 points and nine rebounds.

"Really, really happy with the youth on our team", McGraw said. "They sure didn't play like freshmen and sophomores tonight, and we needed every single thing they did".

MISSISSIPPI STATE 92, DEPAUL 71: Blair Schaefer scored 18 points, Jazzmun Holmes added 14 and second-seeded Mississippi State (31-4) used a 14-0 run in the third quarter to pull away from seventh-seeded DePaul (27-8) in Starkville, Mississippi.

Meanwhile, Purdue also converted only 6-of-17 from the floor in the first quarter and nearly repeated that with a 7-of-17 effort in the second quarter.

Purdue was able to force the overtime by shutting down the Irish offense in the closing minutes of regulation.

The Irish offense was in a play-not-to-lose mode while trying to milk the clock, twice getting called for shot-clock violations and several other times forcing hurried shots with the shot clock winding down.

Young, a regular at Purdue summer camps since she was in sixth grade, scored seven points to start the second quarter.