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Irish improve to 14-0 on home court

3/22/2004

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Courtney LaVere scored four of her 11
points in overtime and made a key block Sunday, helping Notre Dame
escape 69-65 in overtime against Southwest Missouri State in the
first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Irish (20-10) improved to 14-0 on their home court despite
going 12:11 without a field goal after opening a 16-point lead
midway through the first half.

The Lady Bears (28-4) led twice by two points late in the second
half, but needed a driving layup by Morgan Hohenberger past
Jacqueline Batteast with 28 seconds left to force overtime.

In the extra period, Monique Hernandez gave the Irish the lead
with a baseline jumper. LaVere scored inside with 2:02 left to make
it 63-59, then blocked a shot inside by Meg Tierney. LaVere then
put the Irish ahead 65-59 with a basket inside with 40 seconds
left.

Jenni Lingor sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers for Southwest
Missouri around a pair of free throws by Notre Dame's Megan Duffy
to cut the lead to 67-65. Le'Tania Severe made a pair of free
throws and the Irish held on.

Notre Dame will host 13th-seeded Middle Tennessee State (24-7)
on Tuesday in a second round East Regional game. The Lady Raiders
upset No. 12 North Carolina 67-62 earlier in the day.

Batteast led the Irish with 17 points and 11 rebounds but turned
the ball over seven times. Megan Duffy added 16 points and Severe
had 11 as the Irish shot just 33 percent, including 22 percent in
the second half.

Lingor and Kari Koch had 15 points each for the Lady Bears and
Stephanie Busbey added 10 points. The Lady Bears shot 38 percent
for the game, including 46 percent in the second half.