April 1, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish players celebrate after the game against the Connecticut Huskies in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA women's basketball Final Four at the Pepsi Center. The Fighting Irish defeated the Huskies 83-75. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
AP Sports Writer
DENVER (AP) - Skylar Diggins scored 19 points, Brittany Mallory hit two big 3-pointers in overtime and Notre Dame beat Connecticut 83-75 on Sunday night to reach the national championship game for the second straight year.
The Fighting Irish (35-3) also beat the Huskies (33-5) in the semifinals last year, before losing to Texas A&M in the title game in Indianapolis.
The game was tied at 67 after regulation following an 8-2 run by UConn, which was led by Stefanie Dolson's 20 points.
The Huskies went up 70-67 on Bria Hartley's 3-pointer to open the first overtime at the women's Final Four since 2006, but Mallory hit back-to-back 3s and Notre Dame closed with a 16-5 run.
The Irish will face either Stanford or Baylor for the title.
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