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Mar. 2, 1998

No. 2 Connecticut Too Strong for Notre Dame

Game Statistics

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Nykesha Sales showed up for the semifinals of the Big East Tournament and so did the old Connecticut.

Freshman Svetlana Abrosimova scored eight of her 19 points in a game-opening 17-2 spurt and Connecticut forced 31 turnovers in a 73-53 victory against Notre Dame on Monday night.

It was the Huskies' third straight win since Sales ruptured her Achilles' tendon a little more than a week ago, but it was the first time Connecticut (30-2) looked dominant without their career leading scorer. The Huskies' wins against Villanova and West Virginia were by a combined margin of six points.

Against Notre Dame (20-9), Connecticut got help from everyone and dominated from the start. Stacy Hansmeyer had a career-high 21 points, Amy Duran added 15 and Rita Williams had seven points, seven assists and six steals. The 53 points were the fewest of the season for Notre Dame.

The Huskies will go for a fifth straight Big East Conference Tournament title and another automatic NCAA Tournament bid on Tuesday night against the winner of Monday's other semifinal between second-seeded Rutgers and third-seeded Miami.

Even if they lose, the Huskies are going to the NCAA Tournament.

The presence of Sales, who gained notoriety a week ago for being allowed to score her record-setting basket against Villanova after being injured, seemed to inspire the Huskies.

Wearing a Connecticut T-shirt and sitting next to coach Geno Auriemma's wife, Kathy, Sales was up on her feet from the start, clapping when Abrosimova scored on a layup off the opening tap and getting back up when Hansmeyer scored in the lane with 14:31 to go to make it 17-2.

The only time Notre Dame threatened to make it close was in the final minutes of the first half when Connecticut sent center Paige Sauer and Abrosimova to the bench with two fouls. Four straight points by Neile Ivey closed the gap to 33-23 at intermission.

Any hope Notre Dame had of coming back ended in the opening minutes of the second half when the Huskies scored the first eight points with Duran and Abrosimova, hitting 3s.

Center Ruth Riley led the Irish with 12 points, while Ivey had 10.

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November 3
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Roberts Wesleyan
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November 11
7:00 PM
Central Michigan Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
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7:00 PM
WNIT Quarterfinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 17
7:00 PM
WNIT Semifinals
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November 20
3:00 PM
WNIT Final
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

CBS Sports Network
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8:00 PM
UL-Lafayette
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November 26
1:00 PM
TCU
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 30
9:00 PM
Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

BTN
December 4
1:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 7
7:00 PM
UConn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
December 10
8:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
December 18
2:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
December 20
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)

BTN
December 27
6:30 PM
Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn. (McKenzie Arena)
December 29
7:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)

ACC Network Extra
January 2
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavilion)
January 5
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 8
3:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN Flex
January 12
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind.

ACC Network Extra
January 16
7:00 PM
Tennessee
Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

ESPN2
January 19
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
January 22
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Carmichael Arena)

ESPNU
January 26
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 29
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
February 2
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
February 6
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
February 12
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 16
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)
February 19
5:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)

ESPN2
February 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 26
1:00 PM
Florida State
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ESPN2
March 17
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TBD
March 24
TBA
NCAA Regionals
TBD
March 31
TBA
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Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
April 2
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NCAA Final
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)

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