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Nov. 10, 1997

McMillen, Green Lead Notre Dame to Triple Overtime Exhibition Victory

NOTRE DAME, Ind. --- Sheila McMillen and Danielle Green combined for 45 points to lead five Notre Dame players in double figures as the Irish defeated the Brisbane Blazers in triple overtime 103-92 in the first of two exhibition tests. McMillen scored a game-high 25 points and Green added 20 to lead the Irish to the victory.

Sheila McMillen
Sheila McMillen

Notre Dame held the visitors scoreless in the third overtime period outscoring Brisbane 11-0. Nine of 12 shooting from the charity stripe and a jumper by McMillen accounted for the scoring for the Irish in the final five-minute overtime session.

The Irish came out strong in the first half and led by as many as 22 with 1:45 remaining before halfitme, but Brisbane cut the lead to 12 at halftime 47-35 as Notre Dame committed several turnovers in the final two minutes of the first half.

Notre Dame maintained the lead for most of the second half and led by nine 64-55 following a McMillen layup off a Niele Ivey assist with 10:50 left to play in the game. Brisbane, however, outscored the Irish 11-2 over the next 1:30 and tied the game 66-66 with 8:44 left in regulation.

The Blazers took a 71-70 lead in the game, its first lead since a 2-0 advantage 10 seconds into the contest, when Trisha Bader, who finished with a team-high 24 ponts, canned a three-pointer from just outside the arc with 6:12 to play in the game. Notre Dame trailed by as many as six points, 76-70, with just under four minutes to play, but used an 8-2 run at the end of regulation to tie the game at 78-78. Mollie Peirick's two free throws with 48 second left in regulaton sent the game into overtime.

The lead see-sawed back and forth in both the first and second overtime periods. There were four lead changes in the first five minutes with no team gaining more than a two-point advantage. Notre Dame held the lead 87-85 with 1:18 left to play in the first overtime, but Gina Sampson, who finished with 18 points, nailed a baseline jumper from eight feet away from the basket to send it into the second overtime period.

The Irish fell behind by as many as four 91-87 less than two minutes into overtime, but Notre Dame battled back as Brisbane went the final 3:44 with just one point. McMillen's break-away layup with 24.4 seconds remaining sent the game into the third overtime.

Brisbane was 0-9 from the field in the third and went the final 8:44 without scoring.

In addition to McMillen and Green, freshman Kelley Siemon and sophomore Niele Ivey were in double figures scoring with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Siemon finished with a game-high 13 rebounds along with teammate Julie Henderson. Notre Dame outrebounded Brisbane 71-41 in the game.

The Blazers were led by Melissa Sue Allen and Larissa Cavanagh who both scored 20-plus points with 24 and 21, respectively.

Notre Dame returns to action on Thursday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. in its final exhibition test when the Irish entertain Slavynaka (Russia). The 1997-98 campaign tips off on Tuesday, November 17 at home versus Butler at 7:00 p.m.

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