Irish advance to NCAA Final

Notre Dame will play for the program's second national championship Tuesday night against Texas A&M.

Four turned out to be a lucky number for Notre Dame Women's basketball as they knocked off Connecticut after suffering three prior defeats at the hands of the powerful Huskies this season.

Despite the efforts of Maya Moore, UConn found Notre Dame and their fans ready to send the two-time defending champion home empty handed.

The Huskies entered the Final Four matchup with a 36-1 record, with momentum, and with college basketball's best player in Moore. Many already had UConn penciled in the finals en route to their third consecutive national crown.

However, Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw had her team poised and feeding off the pro-Irish crowd to knock off the Huskies 72-63, sending the best team and player in college basketball home.

Using the solid guard play of Skylar Diggins (28 points) and Natalie Novosel (22 points), McGraw's team pushed the tempo, staggering the Huskies.

Moore kept UConn in the contest until the final minutes, netting a game-high 36 points, keeping the Huskies dreams alive to advance to the finals.

Their trademark resiliency showed each time the Notre Dame appeared to hit the wall, as the Irish repeatedly hit key shots to keep the Huskies at bay and advance to only the second championship game (2001) in school history.

Notre Dame now has its sights set on winning the school's second national championship, as they prepare to battle Texas A&M on Tuesday night.

A&M also knocked off tournament finals favorite Stanford, 63-62, to advance to the championship game.

Tip is set for 8:30 p.m. est. on Tuesday night. Top Stories