Irish Advance to Championship

Sunday night found Big East rivals Notre Dame and Connecticut battling for a spot in Tuesday night's Women's NCAA Championship. In the end the Irish prevailed over the Huskies to reach the title game for the second consecutive year.

After last season's 76-70 loss to Texas A&M in the NCAA Women's Championship game, Notre Dame knew they had unfinished business to take care of. Sunday night the Irish battled a pesky Geno Auriemma team unwilling to go without a fight.

UConn, considered by many to be in a rebuilding year battled the Irish forcing overtime before the Irish pulled away for a 83-75 victory and a chance to finish last season's unfinished business.

Irish guard Skylar Diggins again has seen the spotlight shine bright on her in this tournament and did not disappoint pouring in 19 points against the Huskies. However, it was a key play on defense by Diggins that set the stage for Muffet McGraw's team to have a chance to cling to hope of reaching another final.

With the Irish holding a 73-72 lead, the Huskies were on the run with a 2-on-1 fast break looking to take the lead. While not backing away Diggins found a way to block Bria Hartley's layup attempt then hit Brittany Mallory on the other end for her second key 3-pointer in overtime.

Mallory, who had hit an earlier 3-pointer, was clutch when it mattered most after going 0 for 4 from behind the arc during regulation and finishing with 11 points on the night.

Leading all Irish players was Natalie Movosel who posted a team high 20 points on the night that included a hook shot with 4.6 seconds remaining off of a missed shot by Diggins in regulation that tied the game.

The victory places the Irish back in Tuesday night's final against No. 1 ranked Baylor (39-0) who defeated Stanford 59-47 on Sunday night. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.


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