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Notre Dame takes fight out of Huskies HARTFORD Notre Dame came into the and did more than just deprive the UConn women's basketball team a chance to earn a share of the Big East regular season nike b grade stamp title. The Fighting Irish managed to have the Huskies question everything that has made them the queens of the women's basketball world. Notre Dame's 72 59 victory before a crowd of 15,132 Monday night gave the Fighting Irish their first outright Big East title, but it was the way that Notre Dame broke the fighting spirit of the five time defending Big East champions. and , who combined for 40 of Connecticut's 59 points, admitted that the Huskies took a step back when Notre Dame began to assume control of the game late in the second half. UConn coach didn't pull any punches when he was asked if his team had any fight in it. "No, we have none," Auriemma said. "If they had it, it would have come out. When Maya (Moore) left, she took all of it with her and we have been trying to find 'where is it?' If anybody comes from Mars, lands in this room in the next five minutes and says 'man that coach must be in deep (trouble) with his bosses. They must be 4 27.' We are (26) and 4, but our team has no fight. I will tell you a lot of good things that our team does, but is that one of them? You know what kind of fighters we are? We are the kind of fighters that throws punches, and if you back up we will keep punching you, but if you punch us back, we are going nike u band salary to run and hide. I don't think you win any championships doing that." UConn (26 4, 13 3 in the Big East) did not win the Big East championship because of untimely offensive droughts and turnover issues in two regular season losses to Notre Dame and one to St. John's last nike y jordan week. When the Huskies claimed a 51 49 lead, Notre Dame junior took over, put up her own personal 7 0 run, and scored eight consecutive Notre Dame points. Other than five straight points from freshman to pull UConn within four with 8:29 to go, UConn had nobody willing or able to take the lead. "They put great pressure on us and we backed up, we didn't fight back," said Dolson. "We didn't play Connecticut basketball at all. When things weren't going right, we just took it one on one to the basket. It can't be like that. When things like that happen, you have to fight back as a team. The five people who are out there (have to) know what's going on, know what we are running and execute. We didn't play Connecticut basketball." With 3:11 to play, Auriemma pulled his regulars, and the Huskies finished out the game with reserves , Kiah Stokes, , and . Novosel led Notre Dame (28 2, 15 1) with 21 points and had eight rebounds, Diggins finished with 20 points, had 12 points and Peters nine points and 15 rebounds. "Winning a Big East championship is something we hadn't accomplished (since sharing the 2000 01 title with UConn)," Diggins said. "It is a great feeling for us to be here and to win this. It is great momentum going into the tournament." Hayes had 22 points and moved into 10th on UConn's career scoring list, Dolson had 28 points and seven rebounds while Mosqueda Lewis had 20 points. Notre Dame will be seeded first in the Big East tournament while UConn will be the third seed. , a 6 foot sophomore guard at St. Mary's High in Phoenix, was among those in attendance. Ekmark caught the eyes of the UConn coaching staff during the Nike Tournament of Championships back in December.