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    Feb. 21, 1998

    Women's Baketball Falls to No. 2 Connecticut, 73-61

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    STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Second-ranked Connecticut clinched its fifth straight Big East regular-season championship Saturday with a 73-61 victory over Notre Dame.

    The Huskies (27-2, 16-1 Big East) played the final 9:48 without their leading scorer, senior Nykesha Sales, who left the game with an injury to her right ankle. Sales, who needed 29 points to become the school's all-time leading scorer, finished with 27.

    Niele Ivey led Notre Dame (17-8, 11-6) with 20 points, while Paige Sauer scored 15 for UConn.

    Sales scored 20 points in the first half as the Huskies struggled to take a 36-32 lead.

    The Huskies built a 24-16 lead before the Irish went on a 15-2 run. A 3-pointer by Ivey gave Notre Dame a 31-26 lead with just under four minutes left in the half.

    After a UConn timeout, Williams hit a 3-pointer and Svetlana Abrosimova made two free throws to tie it at 31.

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