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UConn tames Irish

March 7, 2001

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— Sue Bird hit a fadeway jumper at the buzzer to lift No. 2 Connecticut to a 78-76 victory over No. 1 Notre Dame on Tuesday night and give the Huskies their 10th Big East tournament championship.

Bird raced down court with the inbounds pass with 5.1 seconds left after Ruth Riley made the second of her two free throws after missing the first. Bird drove down the left side of the lane and fired the winner.

It was sweet redemption for the junior point guard, who lost her dribble out of bounds with 38 seconds and UConn up 76-75. The Irish worked the ball inside to the 6-foot-5 Riley, who was fouled by Kelly Schumacher.

It was the eighth straight tournament title for the Huskies (28-2), who avenged a Jan. 15 loss to the Irish (28-2).

Notre Dame has been to the title game four times since joining the conference six years ago, and has lost each time to UConn.

Bird finished with a team-high 15 points that included a half-court three-pointer at the buzzer to close out the first half and give UConn a 52-46 lead at the break.

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