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    January 4, 1997

    Ohio State Upsets Notre Dame

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Marcie Alberts finished with a team-high 14 points to lead a balanced Ohio State attack in the Buckeyes' 74-67 win over 17th-ranked Notre Dame today before a crowd of 5,216 at St. John Arena.

    Alberts was one of four Ohio State players who finished in double figures in scoring. Larecha Jones (12), Michaela Moua (11) and Shelly Nichols (10) also finished in double figures for the Buckeyes. Jones also added a team-high 11 rebounds.

    After a see-saw first half ended with Ohio State (9-3) leading 37-31, the two clubs continued to exchange leads. Notre Dame would eventually take a 53-52 lead with 6:47 remaining in the game on Sheila McMillen's spinning left baseline shot which fell just as the shot clock expired.

    Jones responded by putting back an Alberts miss a short while later that put the Buckeyes in front for good.

    Notre Dame (10-4) remained within striking distance the rest of the way, but could not rally for the victory.

    Katryna Gaither paced the Fighting Irish with 23 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Beth Morgan, meanwhile, chipped in with 22 points for Notre Dame, which committed 25 turnovers in the game.




    NOTRE DAME (67)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Morgan          34  8-17   3-4   1-4  1  3   22
    Bohman          30   3-6   0-0   2-5  3  4    6
    Gaither         38  8-18   7-8  8-17  1  4   23
    Augustin        24   0-0   0-1   0-5  2  0    0
    Mcmillen        36   1-5   4-4   0-0  1  3    6
    Peirick         26   1-8   4-4   1-1  2  4    6
    Hutchinson       8   1-2   2-2   0-0  0  0    4
    Henderson        4   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
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    TOTALS         200 22-56 20-23 12-32 10 20   67
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    Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.870. 3-Point Goals:
    3-14, .214 (Morgan 3-8, Bohman 0-1, Peirick 0-4,
    Hutchinson 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots:
    2 (Gaither 2). Turnovers: 25 (Morgan 8, Peirick
    5, Bohman 4, Gaither 3, Mcmillen 3, Augustin,
    Henderson). Steals: 6 (Gaither 4, Augustin,
    Bohman).
    OHIO ST (74)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Moua            24   4-9   2-4   1-1  4  2   11
    Jones           21   5-8   2-3  7-11  0  3   12
    Fergus          34   1-3   4-4   0-3  0  1    6
    Nichols         25   4-7   2-2   2-8  4  4   10
    Alberts         39  3-14   6-6   0-3  3  0   14
    Glosson         10   1-2   0-0   1-2  0  1    2
    Mitchem         23   2-9   4-6   1-2  1  2    8
    Porter          10   2-3   1-3   0-0  0  3    5
    Fusetti          5   2-2   0-0   0-0  0  1    4
    Barker           9   1-4   0-0   2-3  0  2    2
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    TOTALS         200 25-61 21-28 14-33 12 19   74
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    Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals:
    3-15, .200 (Moua 1-4, Alberts 2-11). Team
    rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Nichols).
    Turnovers: 18 (Nichols 6, Moua 5, Jones 4,
    Alberts 2, Glosson). Steals: 5 (Mitchem 2,
    Barker, Jones, Moua).
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    Notre Dame         31   36  -   67
    Ohio St            37   37  -   74
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    Technical fouls: None.  A: 5,216. Officials: June
    Courteau, Dee Kanter, Dave Stewa
    

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