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Irish Insights


Notre Dame, UConn tied at half

The Notre Dame women finally found some offensive rhythm to close the first half and entered the break tied at 31 against Connecticut in Purcell Pavilion.

The No. 3 Irish struggled throughout the first 15 minutes of the first half, but after a pair of Brittany Mallory free throws ended a 5 1/2-minute scoring drought, Notre Dame took off.

The Irish went on an 11-0 run to take a 29-26 lead over the Huskies with 1:09 to play, but UConn's Bria Hartley nailed a three-pointer and layup between a Natalie Novosel jumper to send the teams into the break tied.

Neither team is holding onto the ball as UConn committed 14 turnovers and Notre Dame 12. But the Irish have capitalized on the miscues more scoring 16 off turnovers to the Huskies' 8.

Novosel and Mallory lead the Irish with seven points each, while star guard Skylar Diggins has been limited to six points.

Hartley leads UConn with 12 points, and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kelly Faris each have seven.

Notre Dame is doing its damage inside, scoring 20 in the paint, but the Irish can't lock out the Huskies behind the three-point line. UConn knocked down five three-pointers on nine attempts in the first half.