Originally posted on Sox and Dawgs  |  Last updated 4/7/13
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team has owned the UConn Huskies as of late. They took the three matchups during the 2012-13 season. And the last two years, they knocked them out in the NCAA Final Four.  But Breanna Stewart made sure it wasn't three years in a row. Behind Stewart's career-high 29 points, the Huskies advanced to the NCAA Championship game with an 83-65 win over the Fighting Irish in front of 17,545 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA on Sunday night. The Huskies (34-4) will face another Big East rival, the Louisville Cardinals (29-8) on Tuesday night for the NCAA Women's Championship. The Irish finish the season at 35-2. UConn beat the Cardinals 72-58 back on January 15. Stewart also added five rebounds and four blocked shots. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 16 points, six rebounds and three steals while Bria Hartley had 15 points, five rebounds and four steals. Kelly Faris had a great all-around game with 10 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Stefanie Dolson, still battling her leg issues, finished with nine points, four rebounds and five blocked shots. Despite shooting 5-of-20, Kayla McBride led the Irish with 16 points and had six rebounds. Jewell Loyd had 11 points and six rebounds while Skylar Diggins and Natalie Achonwa each had 10 points. Ariel Braker led the Irish with nine rebounds to go along with her eight points. This game went back and forth for most of the first half. There was nine lead changes and it was tied nine times as well. Notre Dame held a 26-25 lead when Hartley knocked down a three that was part of a 12-2 run which saw UConn seize control of the game at 37-28.  After Markeisha Wright hit one-of-two at the line, Faris made a layup with under three seconds to give the Huskies a 10 point half time lead. The Irish battled back in the second half to cut the lead to seven points before UConn turned it on and got the lead back up to double digits. Notre Dame made one more push late in the second half cutting a 13 point UConn lead down to six with 6:26 to go. But UConn followed that up with a 7-0 run and the Irish couldn't get any closer the rest of the way. The Huskies will now get to play for their 8th NCAA Championship. If they did win, it would tie head coach Geno Auriemma with Pat Summitt's eight at Tennessee. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Cardinals are probably the hottest team in the tournament. And they gave the Huskies a tough game earlier this season. It's going to come down to which team wants it more and makes the least amount of mistakes. For our sake, let's hope it's our UConn women. To continue reading, please click on the continue reading button below if you're on the home page. UConn Huskies vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013 NCAA Final Four box score Here are the postgame quotes from UConn head coach Geno Auriemma. Here are the postgame quotes from Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw. Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on Facebook as well. photo credit: ap photo
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