Mar. 17, 1997

Sixth-seed Irish Upset Third-Seeded Texas, Advance to Sweet 16

AUSTIN, Texas - Beth Morgan and Katryna Gaither scored 29 points apiece as sixth-seeded Notre Dame outlasted third-seeded and host Texas, 86-83 in the second round of the NCAA Women's Tournament East Region at Austin.

The Fighting Irish (29-6), who are advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history, will play second-seeded Alabama in the regional semifinals in Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday. Rosanne Bohman was the only other player in double figures for Notre Dame, finishing with 16 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the field.

Danielle Viglione scored 19 points and Vanessa Wallace added 11 points and 13 assists for Texas (22-8), which shot 66 percent from the field in the second half but was outscored 23-10 at the foul line.

Notre Dame led 58-51 with 14:20 to play, but Texas stormed back into the game on an 11-2 run, giving the Longhorns a 62-60 lead with 9:37 left. The Irish then regained the lead and Morgan iced the victory with five free throws in the final minute.

The Fighting Irish made 14-of-21 from the field in the second half and held a 34-27 rebounding edge. Morgan made 14-of-18 free throws.

NOTRE DAME (86)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Morgan          36  6-16 14-18   2-6  5  2   29
Bohman          31   8-8   0-0   3-5  0  2   16
Gaither         40 11-19   7-7  6-11  2  2   29
Peirick         31   0-2   2-2   0-4  8  3    2
Augustin        21   1-1   0-0   0-1  2  3    2
Mcmillen        30   2-6   0-0   0-3  0  2    6
Henderson        7   1-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    2
Hutchinson       4   0-0   0-0   1-2  0  2    0
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TOTALS         200 29-53 23-27 12-32 17 16   86
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Percentages: FG-.547, FT-.852. 3-Point Goals:
5-12, .417 (Morgan 3-6, Peirick 0-2, Mcmillen
2-4). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 1
(Gaither). Turnovers: 12 (Morgan 4, Augustin 3,
Gaither 3, Mcmillen, Peirick). Steals: 6
(Augustin 2, Morgan 2, Gaither, Mcmillen).
TEXAS (83)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
A Smith         35  7-12   0-0   2-5  1  2   14
Wallace         26   4-9   3-6   0-2 13  4   11
Jackson         17   3-5   0-0   1-1  0  4    6
Viglione        40  6-13   2-2   1-5  1  1   19
Hasenmyer       19   2-5   3-4   0-1  2  1    7
Ogletree        22   4-8   0-0   0-0  3  2    8
E Brown         15   1-3   0-0   2-2  2  3    2
Lummus           1   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Littleton       14   7-8   0-0   3-5  0  3   14
Bailey          11   0-1   2-2   1-4  0  0    2
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TOTALS         200 34-65 10-14 10-25 22 20   83
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Percentages: FG-.523, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals:
5-11, .455 (Wallace 0-1, Viglione 5-9, Lummus
0-1). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 4
(Littleton 3, Jackson). Turnovers: 9 (Wallace 4,
A Smith 2, E Brown 2, Littleton). Steals: 7 (A
Smith 2, Bailey, Hasenmyer, Littleton, Ogletree,
Viglione).
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Notre Dame         42   44  -   86
Texas              40   43  -   83
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Technical fouls: None. Officials: Sally Bell,

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