Jan. 17, 2009

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -Melissa Lechlitner scored 15 points and Erica Solomon had a key basket and a rebound late to lead No. 10 Notre Dame to a 70-67 victory over St. John's on Saturday.

Kelly McManmon attempted a 3-pointer from the corner for St. John's (13-4, 1-3 Big East), but Lindsay Schrader blocked it at the buzzer as Notre Dame (15-2, 4-1) managed to avoid its first two-game losing streak of the season.

The teams traded the lead five times in the last six minutes, including four times on four possessions. The final time came when Erica Solomon scored inside with 1:24 left to give the Irish a 67-66 lead.

Solomon made a free throw with 26 seconds left to give the Irish a 68-66 lead.

Sky Lindsay made a free throw with 14 seconds left for St. John's to cut the lead to 68-67. Ashley Barlow, who finished with 13 points, made a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left.