NCAA women's basketball powerhouse University of Connecticut fell last night to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the semifinals of the college tournament, ending the team's run at three consecutive championship titles. Despite a star performance from senior Maya Moore, who contributed 36 points, the Huskies were outscored 72 to 63, earning the formerly indomitable squad its second monumental loss this season (UConn's record-breaking 90-game winning streak ended at the hands of Stanford in December).
That Moore's point total amounted to over half of the Huskies' final score signals a problem that's plagued the team all season, according to ESPN's Graham Hays: lack of depth.
The problem was that while [Moore] couldn't outscore the Fighting Irish, she did outscore her teammates.
"I feel like she scored on me every time I guarded her," Peters offered with a respectful shake of her head. "She is great. It doesn't matter if you're in her face, if you have a hand up, if you tip the ball -- she's going to get her points. We really tried to focus on not letting her get 3s or at least have them contested. But even sometimes that wasn't working. She's going to get hers. And I think today, we didn't let everybody else get theirs. The other games, we let Kelly Faris get hers or Bria Hartley get hers. Today, we contained everybody else and just let her do her thing."
The first time the teams played, Faris scored 20 points, well beyond the defensive stopper's single-digit season average. The next time out, Hartley put up a career-best 29 points. And in the Big East tournament, just when it looked like Notre Dame might be within striking distance, Stefanie Dolson added the final touches to her 24-point effort. Sunday, those three combined for just 21 points. The rest of Connecticut's roster added just six more.
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