March 12, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- Connecticut and Notre Dame will meet in the BIG EAST Final for the third consecutive year with the top-five showdown set for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford. This marks the third meeting of the season and the second time the two squads will face each other in eight days. The No. 3 Huskies enter the contest with a 29-3 overall record and 14-2 mark in the conference, while the Irish own a 30-1 record and 16-0 in the BIG EAST.
UConn is playing in its ninth-straight conference championship as the team has captured five consecutive tournament titles, including defeating the Irish in 2011 and 2012. The Huskies stamped their ticket to championship game with a 64-51 win over Syracuse on Monday night improving to 24-2 all-time in the BIG EAST Semifinal.
Connecticut saw four Huskies register double-figures in Monday's win with Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart leading the way with 14 points apiece, while Stefanie Dolson added 13 and Bria Hartley contributed 11.
When facing the Irish, Dolson has notched an average of 13.4 points and 8.1 rebounds and Hartley has scored 14.6 points and dished out 3.9 assists in 10 career games. Kelly Faris has seen action in 13 career games against Notre Dame where she has tallied 7.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 steals.
Tuesday's contest will be the 40th all-time meeting between the league opponents as they have built one of the top rivalries in college women's hoops as UConn owns a 29-10 all-time record over Notre Dame. Notre Dame has won six of out the last seven meetings with the Huskies most recent win over the Irish coming in last year's BIG EAST Final where Connecticut won 63-54.
The championship game will be televised on ESPN with Beth Mowins, Rebecca Lobo and Allison Williams. The contest will also be broadcasted live on the UConn Radio Network with Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske.