6:30 PM ET, April 1, 2012
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Skylar Diggins, Brittany Mallory guide Irish to national title game
DENVER -- Notre Dame is back in the national championship thanks to Skylar Diggins' steady leadership and Brittany Mallory's clutch shooting.Diggins scored 19 points, Mallory hit two big 3-pointers in overtime and the Irish beat Connecticut 83-75 on Sunday night.The two hooked up for a game-turning play in overtime when Diggins stood her ground on a fast break, blocked the shot to prevent the Huskies from retaking the lead, then fed Mallory at the other end for her second important 3."That was game-saving. That was huge," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "That would have turned it around if they made that layup. She sprinted the floor, made that huge play. It gave us such a big momentum lift, and Britt hitting that 3 made it a huge play."
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||31-68 (.456)||29-72 (.403)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-13 (.231)||5-14 (.357)|
|FT Made-Attempted||10-13 (.769)||20-27 (.741)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|
Big East Conference Standings
|TEAM||CONF W-L||TOTAL W-L|
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Notre Dame earns its 3rd Final Four victory over Connecticut -- and in each game, the Irish have trailed at halftime before coming back to win.[+]
Comeback Kids - Notre Dame vs Connecticut in Final Four
This is the 6th loss for Connecticut in the National Semifinals. That is tied with Stanford for the most losses in the National Semifinals of the NCAA Women's Championship. (note: Stanford plays tonight).
Notre Dame has now beaten Connecticut 3 times in the NCAA Women's Championship. That is the most wins vs Connecticut in the tournament of any team. Stanford and Tennessee have both beaten the Huskies twice.
This is the first National Semifinal game to go to OT in the NCAA Women's Championship since 1997 when Old Dominion beat Stanford 83-82.
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