Novosel, McBride lead Irish women over UConn
Saturday, January 7, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Natalie Novosel sank six free throws in overtime and Skylar Diggins scored 22 points to help No. 3 Notre Dame rally to beat second-ranked Connecticut 74-67 on Saturday.
Novosel finished with 20 points, including a 10-for-11 showing from the line for the Irish (15-1, 3-0), who won their 12th straight game.
UConn (12-2, 2-1) , which had beaten Notre Dame 12 straight times before losing to the Irish in the national semifinals last April, got 25 points from Bria Hartley. The Huskies were hurt by a season-high 27 turnovers.
UConn had a four-point lead and the ball with just under four minutes left in regulation but couldn't hold off the Irish. Kayla McBride, whose shot with 19 seconds to go in regulation tied the game, also had a key basket in overtime and finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.