HARTFORD, Conn. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points and Bria Hartley added 18 to help No. 4 Connecticut beat third-ranked Notre Dame 63-54 on Tuesday night and win its fifth consecutive Big East Tournament championship.
UConn’s Geno Auriemma became the sixth coach to reach 800 career victories, reaching the milestone in fewer games than anybody else.
The Huskies denied Notre Dame its first Big East Tournament title. The Irish, who won the outright regular season title for the first time, have made the tournament championship game six times and lost each one to the Huskies (29-4).
UConn also ended a rare three-game losing streak to the Irish. Notre Dame beat them in the national semifinals last season and then swept the two regular season meetings this year.
Skylar Diggins scored 16 points to lead Notre Dame (30-3).
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 78,
MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY 77 (OT)
In Sioux Falls, S.D., Jill Young made the go-ahead free throws with 7.1 seconds left in overtime and South Dakota State overcame a
17-point deficit to beat Missouri-Kansas City and win the league title for a fourth consecutive year.
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ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK 71,
MIDDLE TENNESSEE 70
In Hot Springs, Ark., Taylor Ford’s layup with 11 seconds remaining in overtime sent Arkansas-Little Rock to its third consecutive NCAA tournament.
The Trojans (20-12), blew a 22 point lead in the second half.