published Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Notre Dame women beat UConn in women's Final Four

DENVER — Skylar Diggins scored 19 points, Brittany Mallory hit two big 3-pointers in overtime and Notre Dame beat Connecticut 83-75 on Sunday night to reach the national championship game for the second straight year.

The Fighting Irish (35-3) also beat the Huskies (33-5) in the semifinals last year, before losing to Texas A&M in the title game in Indianapolis.

The game was tied at 67 after regulation following an 8-2 run by UConn, which was led by Stefanie Dolson’s 20 points.

The Huskies went up 70-67 on Bria Hartley’s 3-pointer to open the first overtime at the women’s Final Four since 2006, but Mallory hit back-to-back 3s and Notre Dame closed with a 16-5 run.

The Irish will face either Stanford or Baylor for the title.

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