April 1, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Skylar Diggins (left) defends against Connecticut Huskies forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (23) during the second half in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA women

#1 Seed Irish Beat #1 Seed Huskies In OT


 

The Women’s Basketball Team took care of business tonight in Denver as they squeaked out a close win against the Connecticut Huskies 83-75.   The Huskies took the lead with only eleven seconds left in regulation, but Notre Dame’s Natalie Novosel was able to score with only four seconds left on the clock!  It was a spectaular game, Brittany Mallory hit a couple huge three point shots to put the Irish ahead in the waning minutes of overtime.  Thiss was the first game of the tournament the Irish did not win by double-digits.  Skylar Diggins once again had a huge game with 20 points, but game honors has to go to Deveraux Peters who had a double double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.  The Irish were able to play great defense throughout the game, which lead to the Huskies turning the ball over twenty-one times.  Notre Dame was able to take control of the game in overtime after Connecticut made several mistakes including a turnover by Connecticut’s Kelly Faris.

The Irish will now wait to face the winner of the Stanford-Baylor game in the National Championship.  Either opponent will be a tough matchup for Coach Mcgraw and company, which ever team the Irish face they will have to rebound well.  The National Championship will be televised on ESPN on Tuesday, April 3rd at 8:30 p.m. eastern time. Follow us on Twitter @Slap The Sign and on Facebook (Slap The Sign).

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