Notre Dame Defeats UCONN
Suddenly, Connecticut is no longer so invincible.
The fourth-ranked Huskies lost for the second time in 10 days, with Jacqueline Batteast leading Notre Dame to a 66-51 upset Tuesday night.
The UConn women had lost only one game overall the previous two seasons in winning consecutive national titles.
"We used to go through bad stretches and win. Now we're going through a bad stretch and we lose," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.
Batteast had 23 points, 11 rebounds and a big blocked shot down the stretch, and the Irish finished the game with a 13-0 run. Notre Dame students, just back from the holiday break, rushed onto the floor to celebrate.
The defeat ended the Huskies' 121-game winning streak against unranked teams, a string that began with a 79-66 loss to Boston College on Jan. 23, 1999.
UConn had won 33 straight road games since a 92-88 loss at Tennessee in 2001. The Huskies' 69-game home winning streak ended Jan. 3 to Duke 68-67.