No. 2 Notre Dame women beat No. 3 Connecticut in 3 overtimes | College basketball
Second-ranked Notre Dame beat No. 3 Connecticut 96-87 in triple overtime to earn its second consecutive Big East regular-season championship.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins found another way to beat Connecticut — maybe the toughest way yet.
The second-ranked Fighting Irish trailed by six points in the first overtime Monday night, then five in the second overtime before finally beating the third-ranked Huskies 96-87 in three overtimes to win the Big East Conference regular-season title outright for the second straight year.
"We were done in regulation and the first and second overtimes. We just clawed away and got them to miss some free throws," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "What a battle."
The Irish (28-1 overall, 16-0 Big East) went undefeated in the conference for the first time since joining in 1995 and became the first team to win six of seven games against Connecticut (27-3, 14-2) in more than two decades.
Diggins finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds and teammate Kayla McBride added a career-high 26 points before fouling out.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led the Huskies with 26 points.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma said, "We couldn't finish it off. Every opportunity we had to put it away, we let it slip away from us."
Griner scores 50
WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner set a Big 12 Conference record with 50 points, including the 14th dunk of her career, to lead top-ranked Baylor to a 90-68 victory over Kansas State.
The Bears (29-1, 18-0 Big 12) have won a record 46 consecutive Big 12 games, including conference-tournament plays, and have 55 consecutive home victories.
The 6-foot-8 Griner made 21 of 28 shots from the field and 8 of 10 free throws. She has 3,123 points in her career, second on the NCAA list behind Jackie Stiles — who had 3,393 points for Missouri State from 1997 to 2001.
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