Irish top UConn in OT, gain title game berth
April 1, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
In a fierce rivalry, it took a fifth-year senior to put Notre Dame over the top of Connecticut and into the NCAA Tournament's championship game for a second straight season.
Brittany Mallory made two crucial three-point shots in overtime and the Fighting Irish earned an 83-75 victory over the Huskies.
Notre Dame (35-3), which set a school record for wins in a season, will play either Baylor or Stanford in Tuesday night's championship game. The Fighting Irish, who gained a third national title game appearance, will try for their second championship, having won it all in 2001.
The Huskies (33-5) were trying to earn a spot in the championship game for the third time in four years, but were eliminated by Notre Dame in the Final Four for a second straight season.
Notre Dame, which lost to Texas A&M in last year's finale, beat the Huskies three of the four times the two Big East powerhouses played this year.
Natalie Novosel had 20 points and Skylar Diggins chipped in 19 points for Notre Dame. Devereaux Peters ended with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Mallory scored seven of her 11 points in overtime.
Stefanie Dolson, who fought off foul trouble, had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies.