HARTFORD, Conn. — Skylar Diggins scored 19 points to help No. 10 Notre Dame beat No. 9 DePaul 71-67 on Monday night in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.
The Irish will face top-seeded Connecticut on Tuesday night for the championship in a rematch of the famous 2001 final in which Sue Bird hit a jumper at the buzzer for the Huskies.
Notre Dame (26-6) hasn't been back to the title game since.
Trailing 65-64 with 1:43 left, Diggins hit a lay-in to give the Irish a one-point lead. After Sam Quigley missed a lay-in, Diggins found Natalie Achonwa for a basket to make it 68-65.
Keisha Hampton got DePaul (27-6) within one with 27.6 left.
Diggins hit one of two free throws and Hampton turned it over on the next possession. Brittany Mallory hit two free throws with 2.5 seconds left to seal the win.
Hampton scored 31 points for DePaul.