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Women’s March Madness scores and live updates: South Carolina vs. Indiana in Sweet 16, Oregon State beats Notre Dame

With Oregon State leading Notre Dame 17-15 after the first quarter in Friday’s Sweet 16 matchup, Fighting Irish star freshman guard Hannah Hidalgo was forced to exit the game for over four minutes.

It wasn’t due to injury or foul trouble. Rather, it was to remove her nose ring.

Hidalgo began the second quarter on the bench with her head back as trainers worked to carefully remove the nose stud. According to Section 25, Article 7 of the NCAA women’s basketball rulebook, “head decorations, head wear, helmets, and jewelry are illegal.” Hidalgo has worn the nose ring all season but had it taped, just like it was during Friday’s game against Oregon State. According to the ESPN broadcast, officials asked Hidalgo to remove the ring before continuing to play.

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Notre Dame star Hannah Hidalgo misses over 4 minutes in Sweet 16 to remove nose ring

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