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Kansas defeats Notre Dame, 93-63

  • 11 a.m., March 31, 2013
  • Norfolk, Va.,

FINAL: KU women knocked out of Sweet 16 with 93-63 loss to top-seeded Notre Dame

Point guard Skylar Diggins contributed 27 points and nine assists, leading the top-seeded Notre Dame women to a 93-63 romp over 12th-seeded Kansas on Sunday afternoon in the Sweet 16 in Norfolk, Va.

KU ends its season with a 20-14 record.

Thanks to hot early shooting, KU took a 13-9 lead with 15:39 left in the first half before ND (34-1) — and Diggins — took control.

Diggins had 22 first-half points and later set the Fighting Irish's all-time scoring record with her 27th point on a mid-range jumper.

The 93 points allowed tied for the most given up by KU in coach Bonnie Henrickson's nine seasons.

Carolyn Davis led KU, scoring 25 points on 11-for-17 shooting. Angel Goodrich added seven points (3-for-11 shooting) with 12 assists and six turnovers.

KU's other senior, Monica Engelman, posted 10 points on 4-for-16 shooting.

The Sweet 16 appearance was KU's second straight under Henrickson.

Join the post game discussion

Live coverage (Ended March 31, 2013 at 12:52 p.m.)

Pepper_bar

Congrats to KU on an exciting run to the end the season. Great work to get this far; most teams don't.

Ashwin Rao in reply to Jesse Newell

At least the 93 rcd was not broken! :)

Pepper_bar

Skylar tells Angel "see you in the WNBA" as they pass in postgame handshakes.

FINAL
Kansas 93
Notre Dame 63

Jesse Newell

Notre Dame closes out the win. KU finishes its season with a 20-14 record.

Ashwin Rao in reply to Pepper_bar

Agreed. Good run at end.

Ashwin Rao

ND is clearly a class over KU. Still some ways to go.

Pepper_bar

No shame in this loss, Notre Dame is very very good and KU had a nice surprising run to get to this point.

Jesse Newell

Goodrich and Davis check out for the final time.

Pepper_bar

KU first team coming out now, getting hugs.

Pepper_bar in reply to Lawkan

ND's second-string offense easily beating KU's first-team defense.

03:59 left in Second Half
Kansas 59
Notre Dame 89

Jesse Newell

Notre Dame has emptied the bench.

Jesse Newell

The most points allowed by Henrickson at KU is 93. Notre Dame is at 88 with five minutes left.

Lawkan

time for a coaching change.

Ashwin Rao

Unless KU pulls a UM (even that was a smaller gap!), we can "Good season, continue to improve next year"...

07:50 left in Second Half
Kansas 50
Notre Dame 79

Jesse Newell

Diggins sets a new Notre Dame career scoring record with her 27th point today.

Pepper_bar

KU doesn't look awful on offense, but just standing around on defense.

09:38 left in Second Half
Kansas 47
Notre Dame 72

Jesse Newell

Timeout KU.

10:35 left in Second Half
Kansas 47
Notre Dame 68

Jesse Newell

Notre Dame still in control.

Code_2008

The girls have given up. So much for even attempting to fight back.

Jesse Newell

Goodrich's runner ends Notre Dame's 11-0 run.

15:30 left in Second Half
Kansas 36
Notre Dame 56

Jesse Newell

KU switches to zone. Diggins immediately beats it with a three.

Jesse Newell

Kansas forward Carolyn Davis, left, and Notre Dame forward Ariel Braker (44) battle for a rebound during the first half of a regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday March 31, 2013, in Norfolk, Va.

Kansas forward Carolyn Davis, left, and Notre Dame forward Ariel Braker (44) battle for a rebound during the first half of a regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday March 31, 2013, in Norfolk, Va.

Squawkhawk

Gals getting a education.

Code_2008

We just need a run... one small run.

18:12 left in Second Half
Kansas 31
Notre Dame 49

Jesse Newell

Quickly turning into a layup drill for Notre Dame.

Jesse Newell

Nice take by Goodrich there.

Jesse Newell

Diggins scored her 22 first-half points on 9-for-16 shooting and 3-for-5 shooting from three.

Jesse Newell

Goodrich with six assists but five turnovers.

Pepper_bar in reply to Code_2008

Code_2008, the Norfolk building seats 9,500, it looks maybe half full when they show the whole place. So maybe 5,000 fans? It looks packed behind Notre Dame's bench, sparser behind KU's.

Jayhawkinatl

Ooooops...South Carolina-esque.

Jayhawkinatl

Need to have another Colorado-esque game from Engelman.

Jesse Newell

Engelman was 2-for-11 from the floor in the first half. She missed her last eight shots.

Jesse Newell

KU's scorers: Carolyn Davis 14, Chelsea Gardner 6, Monica Engelman 5, Angel Goodrich 2.

Jayhawkinatl

Oh, what could have been...watch the Lady Jayhawks at noon and then the men at 2:00 p.m.

Halftime
Kansas 27
Notre Dame 40

Jesse Newell

Things became much tougher for KU's offense after the first 10 minutes.

Ashwin Rao in reply to Jesse Newell

Wow! need to stop her!

01:36 left in First Half
Kansas 27
Notre Dame 40

Jesse Newell

Diggins up 22 points. Shooting with amazing confidence.

Ashwin Rao in reply to Jesse Newell

Are the updates not coming in? Or no posts since 4 mins ago?

Jesse Newell

Notre Dame with seven offensive rebounds. KU has one.

04:02 left in First Half
Kansas 25
Notre Dame 32

Jesse Newell

Davis has 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting.

Jesse Newell

Davis beats Notre Dame's entire team down the court for a layup.

Lawkan

looks like maybe 20 KU fans on that side of the stands.

Code_2008

Curious to know how many are in attendance today.

06:55 left in First Half
Kansas 21
Notre Dame 27

Jesse Newell

KU with a nice answer to Notre Dame's run to stay within striking distance.

Code_2008

Back with in 6... keep attacking girls!

Jesse Newell

Second 18-footer from Gardner.

Lawkan

looks like there is something wrong with Diggins since the last time out.

07:28 left in First Half
Kansas 19
Notre Dame 27

Jesse Newell

Notre Dame calls timeout.

Jesse Newell in reply to Lawkan

Yep. Wiki says it seats 9,520, so it's not that big.

Code_2008

The ESPN online feed is just flat out sucking today.

Lawkan

kind of big for a mid major

Lawkan

that's Old Dominion's arena?

10:21 left in First Half
Kansas 15
Notre Dame 23

Jesse Newell

Skylar Diggins has taken this game over. Has Notre Dame's last nine points and 13 overall.

Code_2008

Can't leave them wide open girls...

Jesse Newell

What is with all the scarves on the Notre Dame coaches?

Ashwin Rao in reply to Jesse Newell

Is EJ playing in the girls tournament too?

Jesse Newell

Five early turnovers for KU.

Code_2008 in reply to Jesse Newell

And Notre Dame's?

Jesse Newell

KU is 7-for-12 from the floor (58 percent).

11:56 left in First Half
Kansas 15
Notre Dame 16

Jesse Newell

KU's offense not coming as easy in that stretch.

Code_2008

Lovin' it. Keepin' toe to toe with one of the best teams in the country... the announcer is right. Where WAS this team 1-2 months ago?

14:43 left in First Half
Kansas 15
Notre Dame 14

Jesse Newell

Davis has eight points on 4-for-5 shooting.

Jesse Newell

Diggins with a nasty crossover against Goodrich.

Jesse Newell

Engelman with no hesitation on that three.

16:28 left in First Half
Kansas 8
Notre Dame 7

Jesse Newell

Davis us to six points. KU with its first lead.

Jesse Newell

No-look pass on top of that.

Jesse Newell

Great pass from Goodrich. Two assists, both to Carolyn Davis.

Jesse Newell

The adidas Zubaz uniforms from Notre Dame.

Jesse Newell

Members of the Kansas women's basketball team welcome their teammates during practice for the NCAA regional games in Norfolk, VA., Saturday, March 30, 2013.

Members of the Kansas women's basketball team welcome their teammates during practice for the NCAA regional games in Norfolk, VA., Saturday, March 30, 2013.

Jesse Newell

Goodrich-Diggins should be a great matchup.

Jesse Newell in reply to Boulderhawk

Very comfortable.

Boulderhawk in reply to Jesse Newell

Slumin with the rest of us

Code_2008

There's a watch party at Biggs BBQ if anybody's interested.

Jesse Newell

Hosting this blog from Kansas and watching on ESPN like the rest of you guys.

Marc Frey

Rock Chalk!

Code_2008

Let's go Girls!

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