UConn, Notre Dame Set To Renew Rivalry Saturday

The top-ranked Huskies will meet No. 5 Notre Dame Saturday at Gampel Pavilion in the first of what could again prove to be four meetings this season. The teams have met four times in each of the past two seasons and this will be the 12th meeting between the teams since Jan. 16, 2010.

The Irish have won four of the last five games in the series, including wins in the NCAA national semifinals in 2011 and 2012. Here is a look back at UConn’s season-ending 83-75 loss in overtime in Denver last April 1.

Trailing 65-59 with 2:50 left in regulation, the Huskies used an 8-0 run to take the lead. Kelly Faris tied the game with two free throws with 44.4 seconds left. She then gave UConn a 67-65 lead by again making two free throws with 11.8 seconds left. 

But the Huskies failed to get a closing stop at other end as Natalie Novosel sent the game into overtime by scoring off a miss by Skylar Diggins with 4.6 seconds left.

With the Huskies trailing 73-72 in overtime, Brittany Mallory made her second straight 3-pointer with 1:29 left to key an 8-0 run by Notre Dame.

“We put ourselves in position to win the game (in regulation),’’ UConn coach Geno Auriemma said after the game. “As most games do, it turned on one great play by a great player. And then when we got into overtime we just didn’t have enough. Brittany Mallory made two huge shots. And that’s who we wanted to shoot the ball, and God bless her she stepped up and made shots.’’

Stefanie Dolson led the Huskies with 20 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Bria Hartley had 18 points, joining Maya Moore and Svetlana Abrosimova as the only players in team history to reach 1,000 points during their sophomore season.

UConn committed 21 turnovers. Notre Dame finished with 20 offensive rebounds.

Novosel led the Irish with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Diggins added 19 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Devereaux Peters had 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.