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Boilers Shocked By Irish
Katie Gearlds drives the lane during first half.
 
Katie Gearlds drives the lane during first half.

Dec. 7, 2006

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -Notre Dame had advice from Digger Phelps and an offensive reminder on their jerseys.

That one-two combo, coupled with a career-high 22 points by Breona Gray, helped the Irish overcome an 11-point deficit in the second half to beat 10th-ranked Purdue 67-58 Wednesday night.

"I just took the shots when I was open and I just felt confident," Gray said.

Gray was 8-of-12 from the field and made a career-high four 3-pointers - the only 3-pointers the Irish had. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said she decided to have the team wear the jerseys with green borders to remind her team to shoot 3s after going 1-of-14 in its last game.

It was the first time the Irish wore those jerseys in a home regular-season game.

But McGraw said the key to the victory was the Irish using a 1-3-1 defense that Phelps, Notre Dame's longtime men's coach, had taught her staff before practices started.

"We were talking that the 2-3 is good, but we wanted something else, so we talked about that," she said. "I had a couple questions yesterday, so I called him, said we had put it in in practice. It looked pretty good. He was definitely kind of the master behind it."

Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said the Boilermakers hadn't practiced well, which has been a continuing problem.

"We haven't played well for four games and you just can't show up and play and not be prepared," she said.

Purdue (7-2) led through most of the game, opening a 41-30 lead when Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton scored nearly eight minutes into the second half. The Irish (6-3), who shot 58 percent in the second half, answered with a 14-4 run to cut the lead to 45-44 when Tulyah Gaines scored inside on a pass from Gray.

 

 

"Late in the game, I thought they were a little unsure against the 1-3-1 and were able to really attack them," McGraw said

Versyp said her team just didn't play gritty enough.

"We weren't as aggressive as we were in the first half, and I think that really set the tone," she said.

Gray hit a 3-pointer with 2:59 left to give Notre Dame its first lead, 53-52. Katie Gearlds then threw up an air ball from 12 feet along the baseline and Purdue was called for its second shot-clock violation. The Irish extended the lead to 59-52 on a fast break basket with 1:17 left by Gray, who finished with 20 points.

Wisdom-Hylton and Gearlds led Purdue with 15 points each and Jodi Powell scored 11.

It was a sloppily played game by both teams. Notre Dame turned the ball over a season-high 23 times and Purdue had 20 turnovers - one shy of the season-high it had in its only other loss this season, 66-55 to No. 7 Connecticut last week. The Boilermakers made just 1 of 9 shots in the final four minutes.

Wisdom-Hylton said the Boilermakers weren't ready for the game.

"We came off a pretty good win the other night, and then we just kind of weren't really focused and we weren't concentrating as hard and going at it in practice like we needed to," she said. "We kind of faded at the end."

Event Calendar

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November 3
7:00 PM
Roberts Wesleyan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 11
7:00 PM
Central Michigan Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 14
7:00 PM
WNIT Quarterfinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 17
7:00 PM
WNIT Semifinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 20
3:00 PM
WNIT Final
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

CBS Sports Network
November 22
8:00 PM
UL-Lafayette
Houston, Texas (Campbell Center)
November 26
1:00 PM
TCU
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 30
9:00 PM
Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

BTN
December 4
1:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 7
7:00 PM
UConn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
December 10
8:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
December 18
2:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
December 20
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)

BTN
December 27
6:30 PM
Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn. (McKenzie Arena)
December 29
7:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)

ACC Network Extra
January 2
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavilion)
January 5
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 8
3:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN Flex
January 12
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind.

ACC Network Extra
January 16
7:00 PM
Tennessee
Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

ESPN2
January 19
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
January 22
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Carmichael Arena)

ESPNU
January 26
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 29
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
February 2
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
February 6
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
February 12
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 16
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)
February 19
5:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)

ESPN2
February 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 26
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
March 17
TBA
NCAA First/Second Rounds
TBD
March 24
TBA
NCAA Regionals
TBD
March 31
TBA
NCAA Semifinals
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
April 2
TBA
NCAA Final
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)

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