A report from ESPN.com on Jan. 5 gives details on the impressive win by the #5 ranked Irish, 73-72. It was thanks to Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins that she and her team were able to hang in the game in the second half, and ultimately pull off the shocking 1 point victory. She hit back-to-back three point shots in the half to keep things within reach. Her best points were yet to come though.
Skylar was fouled with her team down 1 point in the final 49 seconds of the game, and proceeded to hit two crucial free throws to give Notre Dame the lead. With no points scored after those, it was the deciding factor in the game.
Post-game, Coach Muffet McGraw gave her thoughts on pulling off a win:
"How many times can we put up our defense. I thought about our football team getting that goal line stand (against Stanford) three times in a row, if they can do it, we can do it."
For the losing team, the Huskies were led by Mosqueda-Lewis and Stephanie Dolson, each of whom had 17 points. UCONN finished hitting 39.4% of their field goals, while Notre Dame hit for 37.9% in the game. In fact, looking over the stat lines of the two teams, one would think Connecticut won by double digits, but thanks to Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame won bragging rights for the day.
The two teams were shown on local CBS affiliate WDBJ 7 at 4 p.m. EST on Saturday afternoon. Next up, Connecticut will play at Georgetown on Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. EST, while Notre Dame will take on South Florida and try to build upon their previous win.