College basketball: Notre Dame, Louisville women advance

2013-04-03T00:00:00Z College basketball: Notre Dame, Louisville women advanceThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

NORFOLK, Va. - Skylar Diggins and Notre Dame are headed back to the Final Four.

Diggins shook off early foul trouble to score 24 points, and Notre Dame rallied to beat Duke 87-76 on Tuesday night to earn its third consecutive trip to the Final Four. The Irish have lost in the past two national championship games.

"I want to win a championship for Coach (Muffet) McGraw bad," Diggins said. "When you have a coach who believes in you so much I'd do anything for her."

Kayla McBride added 18 points as Notre Dame (35-1) won its school-record 30th consecutive game.

• Louisville 86, Tennessee 78: In Oklahoma City, Shoni Schimmel scored 24 points, and Louisville beat second-seeded Tennessee to earn the school's second trip to the Final Four.

Two nights after taking down Brittney Griner and defending national champion Baylor, the fifth-seeded Cardinals (28-8) built a 20-point lead and withstood a second-half comeback by the Lady Vols (27-8).

Rim shots

• Baylor's Brittney Griner was a unanimous selection to The Associated Press' All-America team Tuesday.

Griner was joined by Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins, Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike, Delaware's Elena Delle Donne and Baylor teammate Odyssey Sims.

• Louisville sophomore guard Kevin Ware was back on campus Tuesday afternoon after he had been released from an Indianapolis hospital, two days after millions watched him break his right leg on a horrifying play trying to block a shot.

"I couldn't be anymore happier to see my brothers man. Unexplainable!!" Ware tweeted after returning to the Cardinals' practice facility.

• Rutgers said it would reconsider its decision to retain men's basketball coach Mike Rice after a videotape aired on ESPN showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players during practice and yelling gay slurs at them.

• New Mexico's Craig Neal, who spent the past six seasons as the team's top assistant, was hired Tuesday to replace Steve Alford.

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