UConn women beat Notre Dame for Big East title

DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Published:

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points and Bria Hartley added 18 to help No. 4 Connecticut beat third-ranked Notre Dame 63-54 on Tuesday night and win its fifth straight Big East tournament championship.

UConn's Geno Auriemma became the sixth coach to reach 800 career victories, reaching the milestone in fewer games than anybody else.

The Huskies denied Notre Dame its first Big East tournament title. The Irish, who won the outright regular season title for the first time, have made the tournament championship game six times and lost each one to the Huskies (29-4).

UConn also ended a rare three-game losing streak to the Irish. Notre Dame beat them in the national semifinals last season and then swept the two regular season meetings this year.

Skylar Diggins scored 16 points to lead Notre Dame (30-3).