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
Lindsay Schrader had 12 points for Notre Dame and Allen added