INDIANAPOLIS --- The cheers rang in Maya Moore's ears as she took a seat on the Connecticut bench for the final time. Just 1.1 seconds remained in her college career and the ending was far sadder than she had ever imagined.
For once, everything Moore did for Connecticut wasn't quite enough.
Notre Dame beat the Huskies 72-63 Sunday night, shattering Moore's hopes of leading her team to a third consecutive national championship. And if it was difficult for Moore to get a handle on what had just happened, it's understandable.
Of the 154 games Connecticut played with Moore in uniform, this was only the fourth the Huskies lost. To think she'll never play for the Huskies again -- it was hard to comprehend.
"It's something I haven't been really thinking about a lot," Moore said, pausing to brush a tear. "It hasn't really sunk in yet."
Moore was her usual brilliant self in scoring 36 points against the Irish, putting up the third-highest total in a national semifinal. Down the stretch, the four-time All-American and two-time national player of the year scored 13 consecutive points to keep the Huskies close.
But Notre Dame got strong games from its own stars, Skylar Diggins (28 points) and Natalie Novosel (22).
Moore took no consolation in her scoring feat.
"There's always more you feel like you can do," she said. "I feel like I could have done more. It's tough, really, to think about what I did."