Notre Dame took the lead from UConn in the second half of the two teams' 2012 Final Four clash, then lost it in the game's final minute of regulation and had to scramble to tie it. The Fighting Irish also gave up the first bucket of overtime — then, via some clutch shooting by Brittany Mallory, built an unassailable advantage and moved on to the national championship game with an 83-75 victory.
Mallory, who did not score in the second half, sank two threes and a free throw in the extra period to get Notre Dame its second consecutive berth in the national title game. The Irish will move on to Tuesday's game against either Baylor or Stanford.
For UConn, the loss was only its fifth of the 2011-12 season. But it was the Huskies' third to Notre Dame.