End of an Era: Notre Dame Upsets Connecticut, Ends Maya Moore's Career

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIApril 4, 2011

HARTFORD, CT - DECEMBER 21:  Maya Moore #23 of the Connecticut shouts instructions in the final minutes of a win over Florida State on December 21, 2010 in Hartford, Connecticut.  Connecticut set a record with 89 straight wins without a defeat. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The UConn Huskies had beaten Notre Dame all three times they had played this season. On Jan. 8, UConn won, 79-76, at South Bend. It hosted Notre Dame on Feb. 19 and won by 21. They played again in the Big East Tournament, and UConn just won by nine.

We have heard of it being tough to beat a team three times, but what about four? Apparently that is tough, too.

Notre Dame defeated UConn, 72-63, in Indianapolis to advance to the championship game

Maya Moore played an outstanding game. She scored 36 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She put the team on her shoulders and single-handedly brought it back. The Huskies were down 59-47, but that is when Moore decided to take over. She scored 16 straight points for the Huskies, but it wasn't enough.

They dug themselves too deep of a hole early in the second half, and the Huskies just came up short.

The Fighting Irish got a great performance from Skylar Diggins, who scored 28 points and dished out six assists. Natalie Novosel scored 22, including some clutch shots down the stretch of the contest.

The team shot great collectively from the floor (52 percent) and from three (50 percent).  

Maya Moore's career at UConn is officially over. She may go down as the greatest Husky to put on a uniform, men's or women's.

She has scored 3,036 points in her outstanding career. She won two National Championships. She won the Wade Trophy (Best Player) three times, which is a women's basketball record. She only lost four games at Connecticut, but the final loss will sting the most.

The Fighting Irish will take on Texas A&M on Tuesday night.