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UConn Routs Notre Dame, Sets Up Matchup With Louisville For National Championship

The right one to win.

Score: No. 1 UConn 83, No. 1 Notre Dame 65

Stars: UConn:Breanna Stewart 29 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Blk. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Stl. Notre Dame:Kayla McBride 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast.

Story: Three times this season. Seven out of the last eight times overall. Two straight years in the Final Four.

Lately, the celebrated UConn-Notre Dame rivalry has been all Irish.

Not anymore.

UConn took control of a back-and-forth game late in the second half to beat Notre Dame 83-65, setting up a rematch of the 2009 national championship game against the Louisville Cardinals in Tuesday's title game.

The Huskies will be playing for their eighth national championship. UConn has never lost in the national championship game.

Freshman Breanna Stewart has improved with every game this season, and has especially emerged in the postseason. Stewart led the charge with a career-high 29 points, as well as five rebounds and four blocks.

In total, the Huskies blocked an NCAA Tournament record 12 shots, led by five from junior Stefanie Dolson.

Notre Dame senior Skylar Diggins, considered by many to be one of the greatest women's basketball players in recent memory, was virtually nonexistent during the game. The South Bend native was 3-15 from the floor, and only reached 10 points because she was 4-4 from the foul line.

Kayla McBride once again was the leader for the Irish, finishing with 16 points in 38 minutes.

UConn will play Louisville on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. E.T. for the national championship. The Cardinals are the Cinderella of the 2013 tournament, having defeated Baylor and Tennessee to reach the Final Four before overcoming a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat Cal on Sunday night.

Louisville is playing in its second title game. They lost to UConn 76-54 in the 2009 championship game.