12:00 PM ET, January 28, 2006
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Ezria Parsons hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left to force overtime, then Jessica Jackson hit a key 3-pointer for South Florida, which survived a late rally to beat No. 21 Notre Dame 68-64 on Saturday.The Bulls, who led by as many as 15 points, needed Jackson's 3-pointer with 2:12 left in overtime for a 65-62 lead. Notre Dame cut the lead to a point on a fastbreak layup by Charel Allen. But Jessica Dickson, who scored 13 of her 18 points after halftime, hit a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left for a 67-64 lead.Megan Duffy, who led Notre Dame (12-7, 3-5 Big East) with 25 points, had a chance to tie it, but she put up an air-ball from 3-point range with three seconds left. The Irish lost for the sixth time in their last nine games.South Florida (14-7, 4-4) enjoyed its second overtime victory against a ranked team this season. The Bulls beat then-No. 11 DePaul 79-77 on Dec. 7.Two South Florida starters, Rachel Sheats and Shantia Grace, fouled out midway through the second half of the physical game. South Florida appeared to take control midway through the first half after Duffy hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 20-18 with 8:51 left. The Bulls, using a man-to-man defense, held Notre Dame without a field goal the rest of the half, outscoring the Irish 14-3 to take a 34-21 halftime lead.Notre Dame didn't hit a field goal for the first four minutes of the second half either, but the Bulls missed their first 11 shots. The Irish came within one point twice before Duffy's layup finally gave them a 47-46 lead.Duffy's free throws extended the Irish lead to 58-55 with 24 seconds left. But Parsons, who was just 2-of-11 from 3-point range this season, hit a 3 from the top of the key as she was falling down to force the overtime.Jackson finished with 12 points and Nalini Miller had 10 points and seven rebounds for South Florida. The Bulls had a 48-42 edge in rebounds.Lindsay Schrader had 12 points for Notre Dame and Allen added 10.