No. 3 UCONN AT NO. 2 NOTRE DAME
Time: Monday, 7 p.m.
Where: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend, Ind.
TV: ESPN2 (Pam Ward and Rebecca Lobo)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400 (Bob Joyce and Debbie Fisk)
Series history: UConn, 29-9
Last meeting: Notre Dame, 73-72, Gampel Pavilion
Streaks: Notre Dame W22; UConn W3
UCONN (27-2, 14-1)
5 CAROLINE DOTY, G, 5-10, Sr., 3.8 – Did not start Saturday for just the third time this season.
30 BREANNA STEWART, F, 6-4, Fr, 12.5 – Was just 1-of-3 with two points and four fouls at South Florida
14 BRIA HARTLEY, G, 5-7, Jr., 8.7 – Missed all 11 shots from the field Saturday in 32 minutes
31 STEFANIE DOLSON, C, 6-5, Jr., 14.4 – Tied her career-high with 25 points at USF
34 KELLY FARIS, G, 5-11, Sr., 10.6 – Now has over 1,000 points, 750 rebounds, 500 assists and 250 steals in her career
4 MORIAH JEFFERSON, G, 5-7, Fr., – 4.3 – Has 52 assists and 37 turnovers off the bench
23 KALEENA MOSQUEDA-LEWIS, F, 6-0, So., 17.6 – Career-high 32 points vs. South Florida; shoots 50.3 from three.
3 MORGAN TUCK, F, 6-2, Fr., 6.0 – Started for Doty on Saturday, played 17 minutes.
NOTRE DAME (11-1)
4 SKYLAR DIGGINS, G, 5-9, Sr., 16.9 – First team All-American; 168 assists, 82 steals this season
23 KAYLA McBRIDE, G, 5-11, Jr., 14.9 – UConn killer, but is shooting just 28.6 percent from three this season.
11 NATALIE ACHONWA, F, 6-3, Jr., 13.8 – Played for Canadian Olympic team; leading rebounder (9.3), shooting 53.6 from field
32 JEWELL LOYD, G, 5-10, Fr., 11.9 – Averaging 29.7 minutes in 26 starts
44 ARIEL BRAKER, F, 6-1, Jr., 5.3 – 32 blocked shots; 59.5 field goal percentage
34 MARKISHA WRIGHT, F, 6-2, So., 4.6 – Averaging 4.6 rebounds; 20 points vs. St. Francis.
22 MADISON CABLE, G, 5-11, So., 4.5 – Shoots 40 percent from three, but just 60 percent from foul line.
WHAT TO WATCH
Shared title, top seed
Notre Dame can wrap up the Big East regular-season title with the win, but will share it with UConn if they lose. However, the top seed in this weekend’s Big East tournament will go to UConn if it wins because of a Big East tiebreaker involving comparative records against Marquette and Providence
No one knows how Notre Dame’s impending departure to the ACC will impact this intense rivalry. The teams have played nine times in the last three seasons; the Irish winning 3 of 4 last year, 5 of the last 6. Of course, Notre Dame has also defeated UConn in the last two national semifinals.
Back in the flow
The Huskies need more consistent performance from their guards. Hartley, Doty and Jefferson combined for just nine points and shot 2-of-16 against South Florida on Saturday. If they do that Monday, it will be hard for UConn to win.
How is this for impact? Notre Dame was 4-28 against Connecticut before Diggins arrived four seasons ago. Diggins is the only Notre Dame women’s basketball player to score at least 2,000 points and have at least 500 assists and 500 rebounds in her career. She is also on track to become Notre Dame’s all-time leading scorer.
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