Women’s Final Four Highlights: (1) Connecticut 83 – (1) Notre Dame 65


Connecticut winsNEW ORLEANS – It took them four tries this season, but the Connecticut Huskies finally beat their Big East rivals, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 83-65 in a Women’s Final Four match-up on Sunday.

Breanna Stewart was the star of the night, carrying the Huskies with 29 points (including 4-of-5 shooting from the perimeter) in a career night for the freshman.  Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added sixteen points for UCONN, and Bria Hartley contributed fifteen points of the bench.

Four of Notre Dame’s starters scored in double-figures, led by Kayla McBride’s sixteen points.  Big East Player of the Year, Skyler Diggins, however, never seemed to find a rhythm, struggling in her final game in a Fighting Irish uniform to shoot a disappointing 3-of-15 from the field and finishing with ten points.

Hall of Fame Coach Geno Aurriemma will be shooting for his eighth national title when the Huskies face familiar Big East foe, Louisville, in the Women’s National Championship game on Tuesday.

Dave Ryan, Debbie Antonelli and Krista Blunk called the action on Westwood One Sports.

(Diggins feeds Jewell Loyd to give Notre Dame an early 22-21 lead)

(Stewart’s 3-pointer puts the Huskies up 37-28)

(Stewart hits another three to give UCONN a 42-30 lead)

(Stewart gets the bucket and the foul to put the Huskies up 46-37)

(Stewart hits her fourth 3-pointer to give UCONN a 56-43 lead)

(Ariel Braker’s jumper bring ND to within 61-55)

(Stewart’s runner gives her 25 points and puts UCONN up 64-55)

(Hartley’s transition lay-in give UCONN a 66-55 lead)

(Final Call as UCONN wraps up a 83-65 win)

(Postgame Interview with UCONN’s Kelly Faris)

(Women’s Final Four Wrapup from Dave Ryan and Debbie Antonelli)

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