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Irish Insights


Irish come up short

Connecticut guard Kelly Faris found a hole behind Notre Dame's defense and put in an easy layup to seal the No. 2 Huskies' 79-76 victory over the No. 13 Irish on Saturday in Purcell Pavilion.

But Faris' game-winning basket with 14 seconds to play wasn't the only surprise from the UConn sophomore.

Faris scored 20 points, hitting 2 of 3 three pointers and all 10 of her free throws.

"She came in shooting 16 percent from the three-point line so that wasn't on the scouting report to guard her there," Irish coach Muffet McGraw said. "She's a 65 percent free-throw shooter, so she played better than her average today."

Notre Dame (13-4, 2-1 Big East), which lost all three of its games against UConn (14-1, 4-0) last year by double digits, still hasn't between the Huskies since Jan. 30, 2005.

On Saturday, the Irish put up quite the fight.

Notre Dame took a 14-7 lead in the opening four minutes and even held a five-point lead with 4:24 to play.

"We came out really ready," McGraw said. "We played hard, which we have done all year. We haven't always done that in this particular game on a big stage on national TV. … I thought really that everybody did what they could do. I think you have to feel good about the effort that we played with and know that we can compete with that team and hope it carries over to the rest of the season."

Notre Dame's offense was led by forward Devereaux Peters' 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Skylar Diggins and Natalie Novosel each added 16.

The Irish's next game is against Louisville at 7 p.m. Wednesday at home.