Notre Dame beats UConn in triple OT; Brittney Griner scores 50 in win over Kansas State

Brittney Griner scored a Big 12-record 50 points and dunked in the Lady Bears’ rout.
Brittney Griner scored a Big 12-record 50 points and dunked in the Lady Bears’ rout.
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Skylar Diggins scored 29 points and sparked a decisive run in the third overtime as No. 2 Notre Dame beat third-ranked Connecticut, 96-87, Monday night in South Bend, Ind., to win the Big East regular-season title outright for the second straight year.

The Fighting Irish (28-1, 16-0) went undefeated in the conference for the first time since joining in 1995-96 and became the first team to win six of seven games against Connecticut (27-3, 14-2) in more than two decades.

Two of those victories clinched league titles and two were in NCAA Tournament semifinal games. The only loss was in the finals of the league tournament last season.

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Diggins added 11 rebounds. Kayla McBride added 26 points before fouling out.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led UConn with 26 points and Kelly Faris added 21.

Baylor 90, Kansas St. 68 — Brittney Griner scored a Big 12 single-game record 50 points in her final regular-season game — including her first dunk at home since she was a freshman — to lead the top-ranked Lady Bears (29-1, 18-0 Big 12) to a rout of the Wildcats (14-16, 5-13).

Baylor wrapped up its second consecutive undefeated conference title, becoming the first team to twice go through Big 12 play without a loss. The Lady Bears have won a record 46 consecutive Big 12 games, including tournament games, and have won 55 in a row at home.

Only four of Griner’s 14 career dunks have come at the Ferrell Center, and the last had been Jan. 2, 2010 against Texas State.


Kansas 79, Texas Tech 42 — Jeff Withey scored 22 points and every senior had a big night at their last home game, leading the No. 4 Jayhawks (26-4, 14-3 Big 12) past the Red Raiders (10-18, 3-14).

Louisville 67, Cincinnati 51 — Russ Smith scored 18 points and the No. 8 Cardinals (25-5, 13-4) gave Rick Pitino his 300th victory at Louisville with a Big East win over the visiting Bearcats (20-10, 8-9).

Pitino earned his 650th career win earlier this season against South Florida.