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Notre Dame-Connecticut about to tipoff at 9 for the right to play fellow Big East foe Louisville on Tuesday night.
Delaware All-American Elena Delle Donne, an extraordinary person with the way she works with the handicapped and her sister, picks UConn because she believes winning four in a row against one team in one season is so difficult. That seems to be the top storyline of the evening.
First meia timeout at 15:55. UConn 8, Notre Dame 6. Skylar Diggins picked up an early foul and nearly had a second while reaching over or in on steal attempts. Can't have her sitting for 8-10 minutes like she did against Duke when she picked up a second foul early in the first half.
Notre Dame has missed about 5 shots within two feet of the basket and have started 2-of-12 from the field.
No crispness right now for either team. ND is 2-of-23, Uconn 4-of-14 with seven turnovers. Score is 8-8 at second media timeout with 11:49.
These are the two best scoring teams in the nation, but maybe there is too much familiarity to go with the big-stage nerves that are natural. At some point these two have to get into a rhythm.
This post was edited by Lou Somogyi on 4/7/2013 at 8:28 PM
This is such an uncharacteristically brutal shooting game by both teams.
7:51 left at third media timeout and ND is up 16-14 despite starting the game, by my unofficial count, 5-of-28 from the floor. Last three possessions have been, good, though, including a bucket by reserve Madison Cable. ND will have the ball out of the timeout after another UConn foul.
This post was edited by Lou Somogyi on 4/7/2013 at 8:37 PM
Notre Dame is usually a stronger second half team. Need to keep it close
Diggins picks up second foul at 6:31 with ND leading 18-16. She hasn't been taken out, though. Uconn ties the game for the 8th tie at 18-18.
ND getting great production on backdoor cuts and at the foul line, where it is 10-of-10, including four in a row by Natalie Achonwa for a 24-23 lead with 4:13 left.
Last media timeout of the half has ND ahead 24-23 but UConn with the ball. Fasten your seat belts because this looks like another one that will come down to the last possession. Very hard for both teams to gain a little separation. Best player on the floor so far has been UConn 6-4 freshman Breanna Stewart.
UConn has hit two key threes, ND none. Diggins comes back in with ND trailing 28-26 at the 2:46 mark. Crucial that she not pick up her third foul before the intermission.
ND timeout at 2:06 after UConn has 7-0 run to make it 32-26, including blocking a Diggins shot. Last 4 minutes are always crucial,and Huskies are finishing strong so far.
Bad last four minutes for ND as UConn takes 39-29 lead into the halftime locker room. Huskies ended first half with a 14-3 run. UConn has hit 50 percent from the floor, highlighted by three late threes. ND has hit 24 percent and has had 7 blocked shots.
Only thing keeping ND alive is 11-of-12 from the foul line. Diggins scored two early points at the foul line but was scoreless the last 19 or so minutes. Fellow All-American Kayla McBride has only four points. Not looking promising right now, especially with Breanna Stewart playing so well inside and out, scoring 12 points, blocking two shots and forcing other offensive travails for the Irish.
I continue to be reminded how frustrating it is to watch womens basketball. The last 4 minutes in the first have was terrible. COME ON LADY IRISH! STOP MAKING DUMB DECISIONS!
Second half UConn takes biggest lead at 42-30 but a three by McBride (first by ND in the game) and a steal and score by Diggins to cut it to 42-35 leads to a timeout by Huskies at the 18:11 mark.
Let me drive to the hoop face to other way and uncontrollably shoot the back backwards. WTF!
First media timeout at 15:49 sees UConn build the lead back up to 47-37. Stewart has drained a three and added a basket-and-one keep the momentum on their side. She has 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Irish still not in sync offensively, relying on a lot of one-on-one.
With 10:52 left, back-to-back treys by Connecticut might be the daggers. After Diggins missed a shot that could have reduced the lead to 50-45, Mosqueda-Lewis and Stewart hit from three-point distance to make it 56-43. Could prove to be very pivotal turning point.
The lack of intensity is so frustrating to watch.
ND's being outhustled
McBride hits a 3 to cut it to 56-46, and Stewart hurts her shoulder during the play, leading to another timeout.
Irish haven't had that one 14-2-type of spurt yet. Time is running out to have one of those patented runs.
Women's basketball is a joke. I follow because it is ND but the decision making is crap, they seem to be easily frustrated and the athleticism is lower than a quality HS JV team. Go IRISH!
It's a shame that it'll end like this...horrible shooting game and UConn can't miss anything.
I went on record with friends earlier this week claiming we'd lose -- it's BS we have to play them 4 times this season after winning all three previously.
Third media timeout at 7:55. UConn 59, Notre Dame 48. No one can get untracked for Irish on the offensive end, and UConn keeps coming up with treys to suck the wind out of the Irish. They are 6-of-13 beyond the arc.
This post was edited by Lou Somogyi on 4/7/2013 at 9:44 PM
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