Notre Dame entered halftime of the NCAA women's tournament Final Four trailing Connecticut 32-26 in Conseco Fieldhouse.
Huskies star forward Maya Moore put a slow start behind her midway through the first half.
The UConn senior went 1 for 7 from the floor in the opening 9 minutes, but she went 5 of 7 the rest of the way to finish with 15 points.
The Irish put their shooting woes against the Huskies in the past for at least the first half. Notre Dame shot 48 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes after being held to 35 percent shooting in its previous three games this season against UConn.
Skylar Diggins is leading the way for the Irish with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting, but she needs help.
Notre Dame's leading scorer, Natalie Novosel, was limited to 7 minutes in the first half after picking up two fouls in the first 3 minutes. Notre Dame's third-leading scorer Devereaux Peters has four points on 2-of-5 shooting.
Notre Dame also had a bad sign near the end of the first half when senior captain Brittany Mallory jammed her left shoulder chasing down a loose ball at midcourt with 49 seconds to play. She was taken to the locker room before the end of the half.
Mallory has four points but is a main part of the Irish's defense and will be missed if she can't come back in the second half.