It'll be an all-Big East battle for the women's NCAA Tournament championship when the Connecticut Huskies meet the underdog Louisville Cardinals on Tuesday night in New Orleans.
After losing to Notre Dame three times this season and two straight years in the Final Four, Connecticut finally won when it mattered most, stopping the Irish 83-65 on Sunday night in the semifinals. The Huskies go to their eighth title game; they've won all seven they have appeared in, all under coach Geno Auriemma.
It was a disappointing finish for Notre Dame, which entered the season on a mission after falling in the title game the past two seasons. Senior Skylar Diggins ended her career without a national championship after being held to 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting.
In the other semifinal, Louisville continued its surprising run by rallying for a 64-57 victory over California, giving the school a representative in the men's and women's title games.
The Cardinals, a No. 5 seed, erased a 10-point halftime deficit to become the first team seeded worse than fourth to win a Final Four game. They go for their first national championship. In their only other title game appearance, they lost 76-54 to Connecticut in 2009, a game that capped the Huskies' then-record 39-0 season.