Notre Dame loses top scorer Brianna Turner to knee injury

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Notre Dame’s Brianna Turner reacts to a knee injury during the first half of a second-round game against Purdue in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame junior forward Brianna Turner will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, a major blow to the NCAA Tournament hopes of the top-seeded Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame announced Tuesday that Turner tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee Sunday night during a second-round win over Purdue. She leads the team this season with 15.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, and also has 86 blocks — sixth-best for a single season in Notre Dame history.

Notre Dame faces Ohio State on Friday night in the Sweet 16 in Lexington, Kentucky.

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