Women’s Final Four National Semifinal: (1) Notre Dame 83 – (1) Connecticut 75 (OT)

04/01/2012

DENVER, CO – Notre Dame can now claim the once-unthinkable: they own the Connecticut Huskies.

Notre Dame’s Natalie Novosel scored off an offensive rebound with just four seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and the Irish went on to overwhelm the Huskies in the extra session, earning a second consecutive trip to the national championship game with an 83-75 victory.

After UConn’s Bria Hartley opened the overtime scoring with a three-pointer, Notre Dame completely took over the game.  The Irish outscored the Huskies 16-5 to close out the game, winning three out of four against their Big East rivals, and ending UConn’s season in the national semifinals for the second year in a row.

Notre Dame was led by Novosel, with a 20-point, 7-rebound effort.  Irish star guard Skylar Diggins added 19, as the Irish put four players in double-figures.  Stephanie Dolson paced UConn with 20 points and 9 rebounds, with Hartley adding 18 points.  Five Connecticut players scored in double-figures, but it wasn’t enough to push them past a Notre Dame team which has now become a thorn in their side.

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

(Dolson puts home a pair as the Huskies go up by six)

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(Diggins finds her game as the Irish rally to take an early, second-half lead)

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(Peters gets inside as Notre Dame extends their lead)

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(Diggins heats up in the second half as the Irish maintain control)

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(UConn battles back as Faris pulls the Huskies within two)

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(The teams trade turnovers as UConn earns free throws to break the tie)

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(Notre Dame forces overtime by working the offensive glass)

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(Mallory buries a huge three as the Irish take control in overtime)

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(Notre Dame is off to the national championship game for the second straight year!)

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(Muffet McGraw’s postgame interview)

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(Final Four wrap-up from Denver)

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