In the first half of the first game of the Women's Final Four in Denver, Notre Dame and UConn, two Big East powers playing their eighth game against each other in the last two years, battled to a draw.
After twenty minutes of action, the Huskies are up 36-33.
The early star was UConn's 6'5 sophomore post Stefanie Dolson. Dolson, who has battled inconsistency throughout her career, was dominant, scoring 12 points on 6-10 shooting with 5 rebounds and 1 assist.
UConn's offense was clicking throughout, as the Huskies shot 55% from the floor against the normally excellent Notre Dame defense.
Natalie Novosel and Devereaux Peters, who combined for 19 points, kept the Fighting Irish in the game until Notre Dame began making a run in the final few minutes. Skylar Diggins, their All-American PG, scored only 6 points on 4-7 shooting.
Both Diggins and Dolson have two fouls, which could be a huge story-line in the second half.