UConn Looking For First Win All-Time Over ND In National Semifinals

UConn will meet Notre Dame in the NCAA national semifinals for the fourth time Sunday night at New Orleans Arena. The Irish have won each of the three previous three games, including the first meeting in 2001 en route to capturing their only national championship.

Here is a look back at the games …

Notre Dame 90, UConn 75 (March 30, 2001; Savvis Center, St. Louis, Mo.): Alicia Ratay led Notre Dame with 20 points. Sue Bird had 18 for UConn, while Diana Taurasi finished with four points (1-for-15 FG).

The Huskies were without All-Americans Shea Ralph and Svetlana Abrosimova due to injury, but they led by 16 in the first half and 15 on a 3-pointer by Bird to open the second half. Their lead was 65-63 when Notre Dame used a 14-0 run to take the lead for good.

Notre Dame 72, UConn 63 (March 31, 2011; Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis): Skylar Diggins had 28 points and six assists and the Irish used a 21-6 run in the second half to take control. Maya Moore scored 36 points, including 16 of UConn’s final 18 points of the game, and added eight rebounds and four steals in the final game of her career.

The Huskies had defeated Notre Dame three times that season. The loss ended their quest for a third straight national championship. The Irish ended a 12-game losing streak against UConn.

The Huskies trailed 61-49 with 5:14 left. But Moore answered with a personal 13-2 run to pull them within 63-60 with 2:26 left. Notre Dame held its ground as Novosel answered with a jumper and Diggins followed with a steal and a driving layup to push the lead back to seven with 1:35 left.

Notre Dame 83, UConn 75 OT (April 1, 2012; Pepsi Center, Denver): Novosel had 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Diggins had 19 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead the Irish.

Stefanie Dolson had 20 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for UConn. Bria Hartley added 18 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Kelly 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 Novosel sent the game into overtime by scoring off a miss by Diggins with 4.6 seconds left.

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. With UConn trailing 73-72, Mallory made another 3-pointer with 1:29 left to key an 8-0 run by Notre Dame.