Lady Vols denied again, Irish earn trip to the Final-4

Dayton, OH (WVLT/AP), A terrific run by the Tennessee Lady Vols
comes to abrupt end at the Elite-8. The Lady Vols struggled miserably from the floor, in particular, standout Freshman Meighan Simmons, who got into foul trouble and finished with just two points. In fact, those two points would not come until 2:30 left in the game. She was a disappointing 1 of 11 from the field. Equally as disappointing, the play of Senior Angie Bjorklund, who along with Simmons, combined for just 3 points. Tennessee also struggled with turnovers, bitten time and a again by a stingy Notre Dame defense, which held the lady Vols to 33 percent shooting. The Lady Vols held well below their average of 80 points per game.
Your final from Dayton, 73-59 as the Lady Vols lose for the first time since December 14th snapping a 25 game win streak, closing out this 2010/2011 season at 34-3.

Skylar Diggins scored 24 points and second-seeded Notre Dame made up for 28 years of beatings at the hands of Tennessee, upsetting the top-seeded Lady Vols 73-59 Monday night to earn a spot in the Final Four.

The Fighting Irish (30-7) came in 0-20 all-time against the Lady Vols. But the operative number on this night was 3-0 -- Notre Dame's record in regional championship games.

Natalie Novosel added 17 points and Becca Bruszewski -- who didn't practice Sunday and was listed as questionable to even play with a knee injury -- had 13 for the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame advanced to the play the winner of top-ranked Connecticut (35-1) and second-seeded Duke (32-3). They play on Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

Taber Spani and Shekinna Stricklen had 13 points for the Lady Vols (34-3). Glory Johnson added 12.