Jacqueline Batteast scored seven points in Notre Dame's game-ending 12-0 run and the No. 11 Irish rallied to beat No. 10 Ohio State, 66-62, in the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament championship game last night in South Bend, Ind.
Batteast finished with 32 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the field and blocked a potential tying three-pointer by Caity Matter with two seconds left.
The Fighting Irish, who beat No. 6 Duke in the semifinal Wednesday, beat top 10 teams in back-to-back games for the first time since beating No. 1 Connecticut and No. 9 Purdue in the Final Four to win the national championship in 2001.
The Irish (4-0) were trailing 62-54 with 4 minutes 39 seconds left when Batteast, who was 10 of 12 from the free throw line, made a pair of free throws to start the comeback.
* MINNESOTA 70, VIRGINIA TECH 56: Jamie Broback scored 23 points and Janel McCarville added 12 with 14 rebounds to lead the No. 14 Golden Gophers to a victory over the Hokies in the championship game of the Subway Classic in Minneapolis.
Minnesota (3-1) led the entire game -- twice by 24 points -- but had to come up with several key defensive stops when Virginia Tech threatened down the stretch.
Broback was named tournament most valuable player. Broback hit her first four three-pointers after coming into the game shooting just 3 of 10 from beyond the arc.
* BOSTON COLLEGE 71, W. MICHIGAN 50: Jessalyn Deveny, Clare Droesch and Brooke Queenan teamed for 55 points as No. 18 Boston College beat Western Michigan in the Spartan Classic in East Lansing, Mich.
Boston College will face No. 15 Michigan State in the title game tomorrow.
* MICHIGAN ST. 77, CENTRAL CONN. ST. 42: Kelli Roehrig had 15 points, including 11 during a 24-2 run to start the game, and the No. 15 Spartans routed the Blue Devils in the Spartan Classic.
* DEPAUL 99, SOUTHERN CAL 77: In Chicago, Jenni Dant scored 29 points to lead the No. 20 Blue Demons (2-0) to a victory over the Women of Troy.
* RUTGERS 90, RIDER 42: Michelle Campbell scored a career-high 33 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the No. 17 Scarlet Knights easily defeated the Broncs in the season opener for both schools.