UConn Women, 36-0, Lose In The Final 4 vs. Notre Dame

Geno Auriemma

Geno Auriemma

Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale celebrates after making the game-winning basket during overtime against CT in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.

In the title game of the 2013 season, with both teams unbeaten, the Huskies beat the Irish.

The junior guard drilled a stepback jumper with one second remaining to give Notre Dame a 91-89 overtime victory over CT in the Final Four.

Jackie Young notched a double-double with 32 points and 11 rebounds for the Fighting Irish, while Ogunbowale finished with 27 points.

The Mississippi State-Louisville victor will take on the victor of Friday's other semifinal game between UConn and Notre Dame.

"Known as the team that ended UConn's 111-game winning streak last season, Mississippi State (36-1) is led by Teaira McCowan, a 6'7" center who grabbed 13.6 rebounds a game this season. They beat the Irish in Hartford earlier this season. "There are no bad teams".

Meanwhile, women's college basketball was left to deliberate whether UConn's stumble represented an anomaly or a hint of something larger - the beginning of a shift toward greater parity in the game, which has developed on a track parallel to the men's game. "I think it's just an wonderful accomplishment for this team and the resilience they've shown all year".

What struck me then was how much Auriemma wanted his team to be great and how much his players wanted to be great themselves.

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The Huskies outrebounded Notre Dame 41-38. Young then made three free throws over the next 2 minutes to give the Irish a five-point lead with 43 seconds left.

The most heartbreaking of all was defeating Tennessee and UConn back-to-back in 2011, but losing to Texas A&M in the ultimate the-one-that-got-away game. "That explains our success, that's the easy answer", said Geno Auriemma, tongue firmly in cheek.

Louisville is trying to make it to the title game for the third time. "And going in, you never know who they're going to be", Auriemma said.

UConn junior forward Napheesa Collier led the Huskies with 24 points. Muffet McGraw's squad will be looking for its second national championship to go with the one the Irish won in 2001. How is it fun to watch one team trample across the rest of the field, with 11 national titles in 22 years and a 12th seemingly imminent.

Overtime was no different and the teams traded leads until late. CT junior Katie Lou Samuelson, who had 16 points in the loss, said it's something you have to learn to expect as soon as you walk into the door in Storrs.

The UConn Women's basketball team returned home on Saturday afternoon following a 91-89 loss in overtime to Notre Dame in the Final Four. Defending the post vs. the Bulldog's TeaIra McCowan, is the biggest key to limiting her touches while also defending on the perimeter as MSU shoots it almost 40 percent beyond the arc. It felt good. I didn't know it was going in, but it felt good. We can't really afford to be watching a lot of other teams.

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