March 21, 1998
Notre Dame Falls to Purdue, 70-65
By MARK BABINECK
Associated Press Writer
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Stephanie White scored 22 points, leading No. 4 seed
Purdue to a furious comeback and a 70-65 victory over Notre Dame in a NCAA
Midwest Regional semifinal Saturday.
White, who also led the Boilermakers (23-9) with nine rebounds and six
assists, hit a short jumper to begin Purdue's rally after the ninth-seeded
Fighting Irish (22-10) had taken a 56-40 lead with 13:17 remaining.
With Irish star Ruth Riley on the bench in foul trouble, White scored seven
points during a 20-5 run that drew the Boilermakers within one point with 6:47
Riley, a 6-foot-5 freshman who had dominated Southwest Missouri and
top-seeded Texas Tech last weekend in the subregional rounds, returned to the
game and almost immediately fouled out with 10 points.
A jumper by Ukari Figgs gave Purdue its first lead moments later at 62-61.
Purdue went 8-for-12 from the free throw line in the final four minutes to
finish off Notre Dame, a Final Four team a year ago.
Sheila McMillen led Notre Dame with 22 points and Mollie Peirick closed out
her Irish career with eight assists, but shot 2-for-12 from the field.
The Irish led 42-30 at halftime and led by as many as 17 in the opening
minutes. McMillen shot 5-for-6 from 3-point range and scored 19 before the
In Monday's Midwest final, Purdue will face Louisiana Tech, a 71-57 winner
over Alabama Saturday.