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Misfiring Irish barely escape Colorado State's upset bid

©Associated Press

December 24, 2002


SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Alicia Ratay made two free throws with 9.3 seconds left as No. 12 Notre Dame overcame its worst shooting game of the season to beat Colorado State 46-45 on Monday afternoon.

The Rams had a chance to win, but Elizabeth English missed a 3-pointer and the clock ran out as players from both teams scrambled for the rebound.

Jacqueline Batteast scored six of her 18 as the Irish used a 12-2 run to open a 40-34 lead with 5:08 left in the game. Batteast started the run with two free throws, added an underhand scoop that bounced in off the backboard, then drove the baseline and scored on a layup.

The Rams countered with an 11-4 run, highlighted by Jackie Campbell's 3-pointer that cut the deficit to 44-41. Shannon Stecker made two free throws, and Ashley Augspurger added two with 26.9 seconds left to put the Rams ahead 45-44.

Stecker grabbed Batteast's arm hard as she drove for the basket and was called for the intentional foul. Batteast missed both free throws, but the Irish got the ball back. Augspurger fouled Ratay, who hit the winning shots.

The Irish won their 33rd straight nonconference home game since an 81-69 loss to Wisconsin on Dec. 9, 1996. The Rams have lost three straight, all on the road. It is their longest losing streak in three years.

Batteast was the only Irish player in double figures and added 10 rebounds. Ratay and Le'Tania Severe had eight points each as the Irish shot 30 percent. Batteast shot 8-for-18; the rest of the Irish were 6-for-29.

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