Women's College Basketball

 
            === Luck of the Irish: Notre Dame edges No. 1 UConn ===
 
 Storrs,  CT (Sports Network) - Kayla McBride scored a career-high 21 points to
 help  the  fifth-ranked Notre  Dame Fighting  Irish open Big  East play with a
 73-72 road victory over No. 1 Connecticut.
 
 Skylar Diggins supplied 19 points for Notre Dame (12-1, 1-0 Big East) and sank
 the game-winning free throws despite enduring a 4-for-15 shooting performance.
 Michaela  Mabrey  had 11  points, while Natalie  Achonwa contributed a double-
 double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.
 
 The Irish have won five of the last six meetings between the teams.
 
 "I  think it's great to win anywhere we play. But this is great for our team,"
 Notre  Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "It builds confidence for our team. It's
 January  5th, it's not a game that we're going to change a whole lot of things
 this  early  in the  season. We  are still learning  and growing and hopefully
 we'll continue to get better."
 
 Kaleena  Mosqueda-Lewis  and Stefanie  Dolson each posted  17 points and eight
 rebounds  for UConn  (12-1,  0-1). Kelly  Faris finished  with  13 points,  11
 boards, seven assists and five steals.
 
 The  Huskies suffered  their first loss in a conference home opener since Jan.
 2, 1988.
 
 Down  nine  in the first  half, UConn  fought back and  led 60-55 on a Breanna
 Stewart  layup  with 11:34 to  play. Stewart scored again  down low off a feed
 from Dolson to make it 72-70 with 2:28 remaining.
 
 After  Achonwa converted 1-of-2 free throws, UConn had opportunities to expand
 its  lead. Stewart  missed two shots, including one 3-point try, and Mosqueda-
 Lewis also failed to connect from beyond the arc.
 
 Diggins  was  then fouled on a  drive to the  basket. She missed the layup but
 sank both free throws with 49.4 seconds left.
 
 UConn had looks in the waning moments, but Stewart misfired on two jumpers and
 Mosqueda-Lewis couldn't get a three from the right corner to fall.
 
 "When  you play against  a really good team one or two plays, or one series up
 and  down  the floor  sometimes decides  the game,"  UConn coach Geno Auriemma
 said. "That can come at the fifteen minute mark, the ten minute mark, down the
 stretch. We got two really good shots and a great shot at the end of the game.
 I  thought  we did  a great  job coming back  from not  playing great and them
 playing  awfully well in the first half. They made a lot of great shots in the
 first  half;  you look at the  stat sheet, it's  almost like a mirror image of
 each other. A play here or a play there decides the game."
 
 
 01/05 19:40:05 ET

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