TAMPA, Fla. — Notre Dame did it again. The Irish defeated Connecticut, the longtime powerhouse of women’s basketball, 81-76, on Friday in the N.C.A.A. Final Four to advance to their second straight national title game.
Connecticut forward Napheesa Collier (24) shooting as Notre Dame guards Arike Ogunbowale and Jackie Young (5) watched.CreditMark Lomoglio/Associated Press
A victory over Baylor in the final on Sunday would give Notre Dame its third national championship, and the Irish would become the fourth women’s college basketball team to repeat.
[This is a developing story. A comprehensive article will be published soon.]
With a record 11 championships, UConn has made a habit of repeating. The Huskies won four straight titles from 2013 to 2016, but they have lost in the semifinals three years in a row — falling to the Irish in the last two.
The Huskies, however, won by 18 points in a regular-season December matchup at Notre Dame. UConn leads the overall series, 37-13; Notre Dame has the edge at the Final Four, 5-3. This was the fifth time since 2001 that Notre Dame had defeated the Huskies in the semifinals.