Dec. 5, 2007
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Charel Allen's jumper with 00.8 seconds left gave No. 16/20 Notre Dame an 86-84 win over Bowling Green on Wednesday night.
After Bowling Green's Kate Achter made two free throws to tie it at 84-84 with 23 seconds remaining, Allen drove the ball down the court, paused to allow the clock to run down, then took it to foul line, where she hit a 15-foot jumper for the win.
Achter led Bowling Green (6-1) with 20 points. Lauren Prochaska scored 18, Crystal Murdaugh had 14 and Tara Breske 10.
POST GAME NOTES: Notre Dame and Bowling Green go to overtime for the second consecutive year, following last season's 85-81 Irish win at the Joyce Center (also the last ND win in OT prior to this evening) ... Notre Dame now has had at least one overtime game in each of the past five seasons (2003-04 to present) ... the Irish move back above the .500 mark in overtime games during their 31-year history, improving to 15-14 (.517) when playing bonus basketball; Notre Dame also is now 6-6 all-time in true road OT games and wins its first overtime game away from the Joyce Center since Feb. 25, 2006 (ironically also in the state of Ohio -- 75-66 at Cincinnati) ... Bowling Green becomes the seventh Notre Dame opponent to play multiple overtime games against the Irish and just the second that Notre Dame has defeated in OT more than once; the others to take the Irish to OT multiple times are (ND record in parentheses): Dayton (2-0), Michigan State (0-2), Rutgers (1-1), Seton Hall (1-1), South Florida (0-2) and UCLA (1-1) ... senior guard Charel Allen's jumper with 00.8 seconds left was the first game-winning last-second shot for Notre Dame since Jan. 10, 2006, when Megan Duffy converted an off-handed layup at the horn in overtime to defeat Marquette, 67-65 at the Joyce Center ... Notre Dame now is 4-0 all-time against Bowling Green and has scored at least 85 points in each game against the Falcons ... the Irish also snapped Bowling Green's 13-game home non-conference winning streak, which dated back to the 2003-04 season ... Notre Dame was the first ranked team to visit BG's Anderson Arena since the last time the Irish came to town on Nov. 23, 1996 (#14/17 Notre Dame downed the Falcons, 85-70 on that night despite losing then-freshman guard Niele Ivey with a season-ending knee injury) ... the Irish pick up their 16th consecutive win against a current Mid-American Conference school, dating back to March 10, 1995 when Notre Dame dropped an 87-64 decision at Northern Illinois in the semifinals of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Tournament ... Notre Dame handed head coach Muffet McGraw a nice birthday present, improving to 4-1 on Dec. 5 since McGraw arrived in South Bend 21 seasons ago ... the Irish had five double-figure scorers for the fourth time in the past five games ... Notre Dame moves to 105-3 (.972) in the past 13 seasons (1995-96 to present) when scoring at least 80 points, including a 5-0 record this year ... Allen moved into sole possession of 18th place on the Notre Dame career scoring list with 1,167 points, breaking a tie with former teammate Courtney LaVere (1,150 from 2002-06) ... junior guard Lindsay Schrader notched her third career double-double and first since Dec. 17, 2005, when she had 10 points and 10 rebounds against Arkansas State in the opening round of the Duel in the Desert at Las Vegas; that game also marked Schrader's last double-digit rebounding night before this evening ...freshman forward Devereaux Peters tossed in a season-high 14 points, cracking double figures for the third consecutive game and fourth time in six games, and she blocked four shots (her fourth game this year with three or more rejections) ... freshman guard Brittany Mallory had 10 of her 12 points in the first half and scored in double figures for the third time in four games, finishing one off her season high (13 vs. Boston College on Nov. 24) ... senior guard Tulyah Gaines dished out a season-high six assists without a single turnover despite dodging foul trouble much of the night.