Top-ranked women’s basketball team of the nation University of Connecticut cemented their claim as the best women’s basketball team in the NCAA by outlasting No.3-ranked Notre Dame, 91-81, at the Jimmy V Classic.
Morgan Tuck had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to lead UConn.
“Morgan’s just somebody we can count on every day, every night,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “She’s nothing flashy, nothing spectacular, just does all the little things that help you win games. That’s the best way to describe Morgan. It’s been like that since her first year here.”
This was the latest chapter in the top rivalry in women’s basketball. These two teams have played for the national championship or in the Final Four in the past five seasons, including last season’s title game that Connecticut won.
“It’s Notre Dame, anytime we play them we always want to play our best,” said Breanna Stewart, who led UConn with 28 points.
Freshman Marina Mabrey scored 23 to lead Notre Dame (7-1).
“I’m proud of the way we battled,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. “Marina was outstanding in the first half. I thought we lost the game in the third quarter. So many little things; we can’t afford to make those kinds of mistakes. The margin of error for us with this team right now is very small. Twenty turnovers, I thought that was the difference in the game.”
In another top-five game, No. 5 Maryland beat visiting Central Connecticut State 86-43.