Cable, No. 3 Notre Dame hold off No. 10 Oregon State 62-61
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Madison Cable scored 15 points and Lindsay Allen made two free throws with 6 seconds left Monday night to help No. 3 Notre Dame hold off No. 10 Oregon State 62-61.
Freshman Marina Mabrey added 13 points for the Irish (11-1). Gabriella Hanson’s 18 points led Oregon State (9-2).
The Irish took a one-point lead on Brianna Turner’s free throw with 1:51 to play and the Irish twice had a chance to extend that advantage, but a steal by Hanson gave the Beavers the ball back with 32 seconds left.
Oregon State failed to get a shot to the rim on the other end and turned the ball back over to Notre Dame with 7 seconds left on a shot clock violation. Mabrey came up with a key block of Hanson in the waning seconds.
For the second straight game, Oregon State was missing junior point guard and three-year starter Sydney Wiese, who is out indefinitely after injuring her right (non-shooting) hand in a Dec. 19 loss at Tennessee. Freshman Katie McWilliams made her second start in place of Wiese.
Turner, who returned to the starting lineup at Saint Joseph’s on Dec. 21 after missing six games with a shoulder injury, had eight points on 3-for-11 shooting to go with nine rebounds and four blocked shots.
Notre Dame used a 21-3 run between the second and third quarters and led by 13 just under 4 minutes into the third quarter, following Michaela Mabrey’s second 3-pointer of the half.
Oregon State answered with a 13-2 run to get back within two points after consecutive 3s by Hanson with 1:09 left in the third.
A 14-3 burst in the fourth quarter put the Beavers ahead by three with 4:11 left.
Notre Dame missed its first nine shots of the game and coach Muffet McGraw had four of her starters on the bench in the first 6 minutes. Despite the slow start, the Irish only trailed by five points late in the second quarter.
They finished the half with a 9-0 run, capped by Hannah Huffman’s buzzer-beating jumper to lead 30-26.
Oregon State: The Beavers lead the nation in defensive rebounding (35 per game) and finished with a 46-33 advantage on the boards.
Notre Dame: The Irish improved to 4-1 against currently ranked teams this season.
Oregon State is at Southern Cal on Jan. 2.
Notre Dame hosts Georgia Tech on Dec. 30.