Connecticut beat Notre Dame for the first time in four meetings this season, and Louisville became the first seed lower than a 4 to win a women’s Final Four game Sunday night at New Orleans.
U-Conn beat Notre Dame 83-65. Notre Dame point guard Skylar Diggins was held to just 10 points on 3 of 15 shooting. Connecticut Freshman Breanna Stewart scored a career high 29 points.
Notre Dame had beaten the Huskies in all three previous meetings this season, and in the semifinals of the last two Final Fours.
“Once you get here you’re only going to beat great teams. And the reason Notre Dame has beaten us seven of the last eight times is because they’re really, really good,” said Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma said. “For one night, that’s what’s great about the NCAA tournament, for one night, for just this night, we just needed to be better than them, and we were.”
5th seed Louisville, who already beat Baylor and Tennessee in the NCAA tournament, overcame a 10 point halftime deficit to eliminate California.
Antonita Slaughter scored 18 points, all on three pointers.
Tip off for the championship game is 7:30 Tuesday night at New Orleans Arena.