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2017 NCAA Women’s Tournament: Notre Dame 88, Purdue 82 (OT)

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The women made a hell of a run, but fall just short.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament-Purdue vs Maryland Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Jack will be by later with a more complete wrap up here, but I wanted to get something posted quickly for the Purdue’s women’s team. The ladies were up against it tonight, facing No. 1 seed Notre Dame on its home court. Purdue trailed by as many as 16, but clawed back to tie it near the end of regulation.

Purdue even got a stop and had a chance to win on the final possession of regulation with just over 4 seconds left, but were unable to get a shot off. In the overtime Purdue scored first and twice led by two, but the Irish turned up their defense and got the stops they needed. The Boilers fell 88-82, coming up just short of one of the biggest women’s basketball upsets in years.

And here is where I publicly apologize to coach Sharon Versyp. I have been quite vocal about Morgan Burke keeping her on, and after losing to the likes of Maine, Southern Illinois, and IUPUI in the non-conference season keeping her on board and letting Stephanie White head to Vanderbilt looked like a terrible final gift.

But we were wrong. This team battled through injuries, a slow start, and more to just barely sneak into the NCAA Tournament. Once there, they easily dispatched Green Bay before pushing one of the best programs in the game to the edge. Through all this, Versyp has been personally battling breast cancer.

This is a mostly young Purdue team, and the future looks very bright next year. Coach Versyp coached her ass off to close the season and it will be good to have her back, fully healthy, on the bench next year.

Get well soon, coach. We’re fighting with you.