No. 2 Notre Dame rallies to beat No. 3 UConn in triple overtime
Posted: 03/04/2013 at 10:00 pm
By: Rachel Terlep
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Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins, left, looks to pass around Connecticut guard Kelly Faris during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
So in true Notre Dame/UConn fashion, the Irish and the Huskies battled for 15 extra minutes before the No. 2 Irish could seal a 96-87 win over the No. 3 Huskies.
After trailing all but one minute of the first half, Notre Dame clawed its way back to a 4-point lead midway through the second half. From there, Notre Dame (27-2, 15-1 Big East) and UConn (28-2, 15-1 Big East) exchanged blows for the rest of the contest.
Diggins and McBride rallied the Irish in their home finale with 55 of Notre Dame’s 96 points, but a combination of ice-cold early shooting (as low as 12.5 percent) and being outscored 21-3 from behind the 3-point arc made every possession a battle.
McBride hit Notre Dame’s only 3-pointer of the night as time expired in the first overtime. When she fouled out in the second overtime, Diggins and junior Natalie Achonwa took control.
Diggins finished with a team-high 29 points, while McBride scored 26.
The win seals the regular season Big East title for Notre Dame.