Three-minute, 12-2 run helps Notre Dame advance

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Jacqueline Batteast, upset after getting into foul trouble, took her frustration out on sixth-ranked Duke.

Batteast scored 17 points, including 10 during a decisive three-minute run in the second half, to lead Notre Dame (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) to a 76-65 victory in a WNIT semifinal Wednesday night.

Batteast played just 10 minutes in the first half because she had two fouls and sat for two minutes after picking up her third foul. When Duke went on an 11-4 run, Irish coach Muffet McGraw put Batteast back in the game.

Batteast hit a 3-pointer and then took the game over seven minutes later with the Irish trailing 56-55. She made a pair of free throws and four straight baskets and capped the decisive 12-2 run by passing out of a double team and hitting Charel Allen, who made a

"That's the most I've smiled or screamed in the four years I've been here," Batteast said. "It was a really exciting game. I just felt after I came off the bench I had a lot of frustration that was pent up in me. So when I made a basket, I figured I better let it
out by screaming."

Batteast, who had just four points in the first half, was 6-of-12 in the second half.

"When she came off the bench, she was very rested and very determined," Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said.

Allen added 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the second half, and Megan Duffy had 15 and Courtney LaVere added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Irish (3-0).

Monique Currie led Duke (2-1) with 14 points and 11 rebounds but made just 2-of-9 shots for seven points in the second half. Alison Bales had 11 points and seven blocked shots, and Mistie Williams added 10 points.

Goestenkors said the play of Allen, who guarded Currie, was key.

"She killed us. Those two 3s that she had, we weren't really planning on those," she said.

McGraw agreed.

"She really came of age today," she said. "She's no longer a freshman. To have to guard Monique Currie, who is one of the best players in the country, and she did an excellent job on offense."

The Irish host Ohio State (3-0) in the WNIT final Saturday.