Muffet McGraw’s Irish defeated the Duke Blue Devils with a 56-39 2nd half to advance to the Final Four for the 3rd year in a row.
After being limited in the first half because of foul trouble, Skylar Diggins scored 24 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Diggins was named Regional Most Outstanding Player.
Notre Dame star Kayla McBride added 18 points and 7 assists as well. Loyd and Achonwa each added 17 points. Achonwa had 13 rebounds.
The Blue Devils were lead by Tricia Liston who scored 19 points and collected 6 rebounds.
Notre Dame will face Connecticut for the fourth time the season. The Irish won each of the three previous meetings. In the first game, the Irish defeated the Huskies in Storrs by the score of 73-72. The season finale saw a 3 OT thriller in which Notre Dame defeated the Irish 96-87. In the third match-up, the Irish beat Huskies to win its first Big East Tournament. Skylar Diggins made a steal and found Natalie Achonwa with 1.8 seconds to give the Irish the lead. It is almost guaranteed that Notre Dame-Connecticut Part IV will go down to the wire.
The game will air at 9:00 p.m. on ESPN on Sunday. Louisville and California will join the Irish and Huskies in New Orleans for the Final Four. They will play the early game at 6:30 p.m.