Notre Dame Edges No. 1 UConn, 73-72
Storrs, Conn. — Kayla McBride scored 21 points and Skylar Diggins added 19 to help No. 5 Notre Dame upset top-ranked Connecticut 73-72 yesterday in the Big East conference opener for both teams.
Trailing 73-72 with 6 seconds left, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis missed a 3-pointer from the corner and the Irish (12-1, 1-0 Big East) got the ensuing rebound and ran out the clock as Diggins threw the ball into the air at the final buzzer.
The Irish have had the Huskies’ number the past few years, winning five of the past six meetings, including two in the Final Four the past two seasons.
Mosqueda-Lewis and Stefanie Dolson each scored 17 points to lead UConn (12-1, 0-1).
The rivalry, which UConn leads 29-9, has grown into one of the biggest in women’s college basketball.
Even with three starters gone from last season’s team, Notre Dame was too much in front of a sellout crowd of 10,167.
UConn had three chances in the final 30 seconds to win the game. Breanna Stewart had her shot blocked in the lane. The Huskies maintained possession and then after a timeout, Stewart missed a jumper from the top of the key. Kelly Faris grabbed the rebound giving UConn one more chance, but Mosqueda-Lewis caught the ball in the corner and was wide open before her 3 fell off the rim.
The Irish won both regular-season meetings last year, before being blown out in the Big East championship game. They won the decisive meeting in the Final Four, 83-75, in overtime.
Notre Dame’s lone defeat this season came at home to No. 2 Baylor, 73-61, on Dec. 5.
The two teams, who have played 12 times over the past four seasons, will play again in South Bend on March 4, in the final game of the regular season.
No. 14 Purdue 69
No. 25 Nebraska 66 (ot)
Lincoln, Neb. — Sam Ostarello had 17 points and a career-high 19 rebounds and Purdue held off Nebraska in overtime.
The Boilermakers never trailed in the extra period, but Ostarello’s basket with 43 seconds left made it 68-66 Purdue.
No. 17 Oklahoma 78
Austin, Texas — Sharane Campbell scored 24 points and Oklahoma defeated Texas.
Campbell made all three of her 3-point attempts, as did Morgan Hook, who finished with 17 points for the Sooners (12-2, 2-0 Big 12). Hook also had six rebounds. Aaryn Ellenberg scored 18 points for Oklahoma, which led by double digits for most of the second half after edging West Virginia at home on Wednesday, 71-68.