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.
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.