WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Notre Dame's Charel Allen saw the mismatches Tuesday night and didn't hesitate.
When she wasn't hitting midrange jumpers or 3-pointers, the fearless 5-foot-11-inch guard was driving repeatedly into the heart of Oklahoma's defense — Former Modesto Christian players Courtney Paris at 6-4 and her sister, 6-3 Ashley. It was no contest.
Allen scored a career-high 35 points, had six rebounds and made all the big plays late to help Notre Dame rally from a five-point overtime deficit and beat fourth-seeded Oklahoma 79-75 in overtime.
"I know points is the big thing, but as for overall games, I can't think of a better game I've had," Allen said. "I just had the mentality that we were not leaving here without a win because I have never been to the Sweet 16."
She's there now.
The Irish (25-8) are headed to the regional semifinals in Oklahoma City, where they will face top-seeded Tennessee on Sunday.
Courtney Paris, last year's national player of the year, finished with 24 points — all in the final 34 minutes after being shut out for nearly 12 — and 16 rebounds. The performance extended her incredible streak to 92 consecutive games with a double-double.
TENNESSEE 78, PURDUE 52, at West Lafayette, Ind. — Candace Parker had 24 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, and with the Lady Vols' win over the Boilermakers, Pat Summitt became the first coach in Division I basketball history — men's or women's — to record 100 wins in the tournament.
DUKE 67, ARIZONA STATE 59, at College Park, Md. — Chante Black scored a career-high 26 points and had 13 rebounds, and the third-seeded Blue Devils never trailed on their way to advancing to the Sweet 16 for the 11th consecutive season. Briann January scored 17 points and Lauren Lacey 13 for the Sun Devils, who went 0-10 against ranked opponents this season.
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NORTH CAROLINA 80, GEORGIA 66, at Norfolk, Va. — Rashanda McCants scored 23 point and the Tar Heels used a 20-0 run spanning the halves to thwart the Bulldogs. Erlana Larkins had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the top-seeded Tar Heels, who won their 15th consecutive game and first in six tries against the Bulldogs. Tasha Humphrey, a four-time all-Southeastern Conference first-teamer, led Georgia with 20 points and 10 rebounds in her last college game.
LOUISVILLE 80, KANSAS STATE 63, at Bridgeport, Conn. — Angel McCoughtry scored 24 points to help the Cardinals advance to the regional semifinals for the first time in 12 tries. Ashley Sweat had 16 points to lead the Wildcats.
CONNECTICUT 89, TEXAS 55, at Bridgeport, Conn. — Maya Moore scored 24 points and the top-seeded Huskies shot a blistering 60 percent from the field, handing the Longhorns their worst tournament loss ever. It's the 15th consecutive season UConn has advanced to the regional semifinals.
OLD DOMINION 88, VIRGINIA 85, at Norfolk, Va. — The littlest player made the biggest shot for the Lady Monarchs. Then one of the tallest made sure it would be enough to win a thrilling game. Jazzmin Walters made a 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds left in overtime, and Tiffany Green blocked an attempt at a tying 3-pointer just before the buzzer to seal the win over the Cavaliers.
MARYLAND 76, NEBRASKA 64, at College Park, Md. — Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver had 19 points apiece, and the Terrapins held off the Cornuskers after blowing a 15-point lead. This marks only the second time in its last eight tournament appearances that Maryland has advanced to the round of 16. The only other time, the Terrapins won the 2006 national championship. Yvonne Turner scored a career-high 23 points for Nebraska.