HARTFORD, Conn. -- On a night when the Notre Dame women's basketball
team hoped to add another chapter to the program's storied history,
Connecticut's tradition made a stand.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points and Bria Hartley scored 18 as
the No. 3 Huskies prevented No. 1 seed Notre Dame from capturing its
first Big East Tournament championship, beating Notre Dame, 63-54,
Tuesday night at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma earned the 800th victory of his career.
Auriemma is 800-128 overall (.862) and is the sixth coach in Division
I women's basketball history to hit the 800-victory mark. He reached
the coveted mark quicker than any other coach, 29 games quicker than
Tennessee's Pat Summitt.
Skylar Diggins scored 16 points and Kayla McBride scored 13 points for
Notre Dame celebrated the Big East regular-season crown on
Connecticut's home court last Monday, but the Huskies' defense made
sure there wasn't an Irish encore. Connecticut held Notre Dame to a
season-low 54 points. The previous low was 56 points against Duke on
Nov. 26. Notre Dame only hit 19-of-59 shots for a season-low 32.2