Dec. 10, 1997
Notre Dame Ends Three-Game Losing Streak
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame sank 10 straight free throws in the final 3:13 of the contest as the Irish rallied in the second half for its first-ever win over Purdue at the Joyce Center 77-71.
The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Irish, its longest since the 1994-95 campaign and gave Notre Dame a split against Big Ten foes this season.
Notre Dame, which was 0-3 against the Boilermakers at the Joyce Center, home court, was led by sophomore Niele Ivey's 16 points, which tied a career-high, and freshman Ruth Riley's personal best 13, as the Irish erased a five-point deficit with 7:32 left to play in the contest.
With the Irish trailing by five following Camille Cooper's put-back bucket underneath the basket, Notre Dame rallied to game the lead, 60-58, on Kelley Siemon's two-foot jumper with 4:31 left in the game. Ivey had tied the game (58-58) with a three-pointer, her fourth of the contest, with 5:20 remaining in the contest.
Purdue regained the lead on Stephanie White two free throw that the put the Boilermakers up 63-62 with 3:35 left to play. The Irish however built a four-point lead on a jumper and two free throws by Ivey.
The two teams matched each other free throw-for-free throw in the final minute of the game.
Notre Dame converted 32-40 from the line (80.0 percent) for the game.
The Irish led 34-33 at the half and built and eight-point lead, the largest of the game, with 16:45 left to play on Ivey's long-range three-pointer from outside the arc. The Boilermakers, however, rallied to take the lead for the first time in the second half, 48-47, on Cooper put-back off her own missed shot.
In addition to Ivey and Riley, Sheila McMillen and Kelley Siemon also were in double figures, scoring 13 and 11, respectively.
The Boilermakers were led by two freshmen, Katie Douglas and Camille Cooper who had 18 and 16 points, respectively.
Notre Dame returns to action on Saturday, December 13 when the Irish host South Florida at 2:00 p.m. in its final contest before the Christmas break.