Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins celebrates a teammate's 3-point basket during the second half of Tuesday night's NCAA regional final against Duke in Norfolk, Va. Notre Dame won 87-76. (AP Photo)
NORFOLK, Va. — Skylar Diggins shook off early foul trouble to score 24 points and the Notre Dame women rallied to beat Duke 87-76 on Tuesday night to earn their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Final Four.
Kayla McBride added 17 points while Jewell Loyd and Natalie Achonwa had 17 each for the Fighting Irish (35-1), who won their school-record 30th consecutive game, earning a fourth meeting with Connecticut. Notre Dame has won the first three this season and beaten UConn in the past two Final Fours.
Tricia Liston led Duke (33-3) with 19 points, but the Blue Devils had no answer when Notre Dame used a 15-2 run early in the second half to take a 50-42 lead. The Blue Devils lost in the regional finals for the fourth straight year, failing once again to return to the Final Four for the first time since 2006.
Haley Peters added 15 points for Duke.
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