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Irish women top UConn in 3 OTs

Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins drives the lane as Connecticut guard Kelly Faris defends during the first half Monday in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins drives the lane as Connecticut guard Kelly Faris defends during the first half Monday in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Skylar Diggins scored 29 points and sparked a decisive run in the third overtime as No. 2 Notre Dame beat third-ranked Connecticut, 96-87, Monday night to win the Big East regular-season title outright for the second straight year.

The Fighting Irish (28-1 overall, 16-0 Big East) went undefeated in the conference for the first time since joining in 1995-96 and became the first team to win six of seven games against Connecticut (27-3, 14-2) in more than two decades.

No. 1 Baylor 90, Kansas St. 68: At Waco, Texas, Brittney Griner scored a Big 12-record 50 points in her final regular-season game at Baylor – including her first dunk at home since she was a freshman – to lead Baylor (29-1, 18-0 Big 12) over Kansas State.

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No. 4 Kansas 79, Texas Tech 42: At Lawrence, Kan., Jeff Withey scored 22 points, and every senior had a big night at their last home game, leading Kansas (26-4, 14-3 Big 12) past Texas Tech (10-18, 3-14).

No. 8 Louisville 67, Cincinnati 51: At Louisville, Ky., Russ Smith scored 18 points, and Louisville (25-5, 13-4 Big East) beat Cincinnati (20-10, 8-9) to give Rick Pitino his 300th victory with the Cardinals.

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