Notre Dame to face UConn in Women's Big East Tourney Finals

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

It will be Notre Dame and UConn again.

Kayla McBride scored 17 points and Skylar Diggins added 14 to help No. 2 Notre Dame beat 16th-ranked Louisville 83-59 on Monday night in the semifinals of the Big East tournament while UConn easily knocked off Syracuse 64-51.

Notre Dame advanced to the championship game for the third straight year and seventh since joining the conference in 1995, and coach Muffet McGraw hopes this will be the year her team can get its elusive first title.

In what is likely its final year in the Big East, the Irish have never won the post-season tourney in their 18 years in the conference.

In fact, Notre Dame has won 6 of its last seven meetings with the only loss coming in last year's Big East Tourney Finals. The Irish have defeated the Huskies twice already this season, including in a classic overtime affair last week that clinched Notre Dame its 2nd straight Big East regular season title.

The top-seeded Irish extended a school record with their 25th straight victory. Only top-ranked Baylor, Notre Dame's only loss of the season, has a longer active winning streak.

The Irish (30-1) led the Cardinals by six at the break before opening the second half with a 13-2 run to take command.

Shoni Schimmel scored 20 points to lead Louisville (24-8).

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