Seconds Away From Winning, Huskies Unable To Close Out Irish

The Huskies Monday held a lead in the final minute of regulation for the fourth time in their last five losses to Notre Dame. By now, we all know the end result.

Here is a look at these particular games, in which UConn has committed a combined 97 turnovers …

96-87 loss (3 OT) Monday at Purcell Pavilion
UConn led 64-63 with 53 seconds left in regulation (Skylar Diggins tied the game with one free throw with 27.2 seconds left); UConn’s lead was 70-64 with 2:46 left in the first overtime (three turnovers, 1-of-5 FT followed); Ultimately, the lead was 71-68 with 13.2 seconds left in the first overtime before Kayla McBride made a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left to tie it; UConn later led 80-75 with 2:33 left in the second overtime (three turnovers followed); And the lead was 83-82 with 4:13 left in the third overtime (Notre Dame had an 11-0 run and UConn had four turnovers).

73-72 loss at Gampel Pavilion Jan. 5
UConn led 72-71 before Diggins gave the Irish the win with two free throws with 49.4 seconds left. UConn retained possession at the other end after Breanna Stewart was tied up by Ariel Braker. Kelly Faris then rebounded a missed jumper by Stewart and called a timeout with 21.1 seconds left. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis would eventually miss a potential game-winning 3-pointer with six seconds left.

83-75 loss (OT) in the national semifinals at the Pepsi Center in Denver April 1, 2012
Faris tied the game with two free throws with 44.4 seconds left in regulation. She then gave UConn a 67-65 lead with two more 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 Diggins with 4.6 seconds left. Bria Hartley opened the overtime session with a 3-pointer. But that would be the final lead of the game for the Huskies as Diggins and Brittany Mallory made back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Irish the lead.

74-67 loss (OT) at Purcell Pavilion Jan. 7 2012
Tiffany Hayes gave UConn a 63-61 lead with 56.1 seconds left in regulation. But following a turnover by Hartley, McBride tied the game with a layup with 20.2 seconds left. The Huskies did not make a field goal over the game’s final 8:49 (0-for-6 FG, seven turnovers).

The teams could meet twice more this season – in the Big East tournament final at the XL Center March 12 and at the Final Four in New Orleans April 7.