WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Students lighted fires around the Purdue campus late Sunday night after the Boilermakers lost to Notre Dame in the NCAA women's basketball championship in St. Louis. No injuries were reported.

State police used tear gas to break up crowds of students who also threw rocks and launched bottle rockets at officers, a state police spokeswoman told WRTV in Indianapolis.

``It's just trying to put one fire out after another,'' said Sgt. Shana Kennedy.

The largest group of students numbered about 1,000, she said.

Elsewhere in West Lafayette, at least 200 people watching TV in Harry's Chocolate Shop near campus went from raucous chants to stunned silence as Katie Douglas missed the potential game-tying shot and Purdue lost, 68-66.