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    Mar. 24, 1997

    Notre Dame Advances to Final Four

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Katryna Gaither scored 14 of her 25 points in the first half and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead sixth-seeded Notre Dame to a 62-52 win over fifth-seed George Washington in the East Regional final at Columbia, South Carolina.

    The win earned the Fighting Irish (31-6) their first Final Four berth in school history. Notre Dame will meet the Midwest Region winner between Tennessee and Big East Conference rival Connecticut in Cincinnati next Saturday. It will be the first Final Four trip for Notre Dame basketball since the men's team made it in 1979.

    Gaither's first-half spree enabled the Irish to take a 32-25 halftime lead.

    Lisa Cermigano's three-point basket gave George Washington its only lead of the game, 39-38 with 11:31 left. Notre Dame regained the advantage after a steal and a basket by Beth Morgan.

    Noelia Gomez had 15 points and six rebounds before fouling out withh 5:33 left for the Colonials (28-6). Tajama Abraham added 15 points.

    NOTRE DAME (62)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Bohman          31   3-8   2-3   2-6  4  3    8
    Gaither         36 10-18   5-8  6-16  1  2   25
    Peirick         25   0-4   0-0   3-9  5  4    0
    Augustin        30   2-4   2-3   1-6  3  2    7
    Morgan          36  5-10   4-5   0-6  0  1   15
    Mcmillen        28   3-7   0-0   0-4  2  0    7
    Henderson        8   0-3   0-0   0-2  0  3    0
    Hutchinson       6   0-1   0-0   1-1  0  0    0
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    TOTALS         200 23-55 13-19 13-50 15 15   62
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    Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals:
    3-9, .333 (Peirick 0-1, Augustin 1-1, Morgan 1-4,
    Mcmillen 1-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 3
    (Peirick 2, Bohman). Turnovers: 24 (Augustin 7,
    Bohman 6, Mcmillen 4, Morgan 3, Gaither 2,
    Henderson, Peirick). Steals: 8 (Morgan 4,
    Augustin 2, Bohman, Peirick).
    GEO WASHINGTON (52)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Cermignano      38  3-13   0-0   2-5  4  2    9
    Gomez           34  7-13   1-2   2-6  2  5   15
    Abraham         36  7-19   1-3  3-12  0  4   15
    Myers           23   2-7   0-0   1-2  4  5    4
    Mccrea          35   1-7   0-3   0-1  7  1    2
    Egleston        25  2-11   0-0   2-3  1  1    6
    Mcglynn          2   0-0   1-2   1-1  0  1    1
    Deas             7   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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    TOTALS         200 22-70  3-10 11-30 18 19   52
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    Percentages: FG-.314, FT-.300. 3-Point Goals:
    5-22, .227 (Cermignano 3-11, Myers 0-1, Mccrea
    0-1, Egleston 2-9). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked
    shots: 6 (Abraham 6). Turnovers: 13 (Mccrea 5,
    Gomez 4, Deas, Egleston, Myers). Steals: 12
    (Mccrea 5, Abraham 2, Myers 2, Cermignano, Deas,
    Gomez).
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    Notre Dame         32   30  -   62
    Geo Washington     25   27  -   52
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    Technical fouls: None.  A: 2,678. Officials:
    Dennis Demayo, Melissa Barlow. 
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