LEXINGTON, Ky. — Ohio State has known since Tuesday that Brianna Turner, Notre Dame’s leading scorer and rebounder, would miss the Sweet 16 and beyond because of a torn ACL suffered in a round of 32 win over Purdue.

The Buckeyes were aware of their opponent’s ability to make open three-pointers and to get to the line with punishing consistency.

It wasn’t anything new that frazzled fifth-seeded Ohio State in a 99-76 loss to Notre Dame at Rupp Arena on Friday, junior guard Kelsey Mitchell said. The top-seeded Fighting Irish were simply better, and their reward is the program’s sixth trip to the Elite Eight in seven years.

“Everything they did today was stuff our coaches touched on and we harped on for the whole week,” Mitchell said. “I just think they outplayed us.”

The Buckeyes, who last reached the Elite Eight in 1993, the year they reached the national title game, will have to wait at least another season.

Decent energy from the Buckeyes to begin the second half cut a 50-42 halftime lead for Notre Dame (33-3) in half, as redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun collected an offensive rebound and scored a layup to make it 55-51 with 7:23 left in the third quarter.

Ohio State (28-7) had momentum and its narrowest deficit in more than seven minutes.

Three minutes later, the game was out of reach. The Buckeyes could not cut the lead to single digits over the final 15 minutes.

“We had a great start to the third quarter. I really liked what we were doing on both ends of the floor,” coach Kevin McGuff said. “We started defending better during that stretch, but then we quit rebounding, and I think ultimately they got some easy put-backs and kind of got the momentum back in their favor.”

Arike Ogunbowale led the Irish with 35 points, and six Notre Dame players finished in double figures to make up for the loss of Turner, who sat on Notre Dame’s bench with crutches nearby.

Double-teamed most of the game, Mitchell scored 18 points to finish as the lone Ohio State player in double figures.

McGuff said reflecting on his team’s season was difficult after Ohio State’s campaign came to a “screeching halt,” but he ran through the superlatives.

“We won the Big Ten. We got to the Sweet 16. So we've accomplished quite a bit,” McGuff said. “It will probably be a little bit easier in the coming days and weeks to really reflect.”

Shayla Cooper, Ohio State’s lone senior, was brought to tears in the postgame news conference while reflecting on her Ohio State career and was consoled by Mitchell.

“I would summarize it as a great experience,” Cooper said. “I've grown as a person, as a player.”

How much the Buckeyes grow during what McGuff called an “important offseason” could help shape the achievement or disappointment the Buckeyes experience this time next year.

A starter, Cooper, is gone, and Mitchell was noncommittal when asked about the WNBA draft.

“I haven’t even thought that far,” she said. “I’m just going to take this loss, soak it in.”

It will be a long bus ride for the Buckeyes from Lexington back to Columbus. Then more than seven months of soaking in and responding to a season cut short will begin.