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UConn, Louisville advance to NCAA Women's final

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Breanna Stewart scored 29 points to help UConn beat Notre Dame 83-65 on Sunday night to advance to the NCAA championship game. The Huskies will face Louisville in the title game Tuesday night in an all-Big East final.

The Cardinals rallied to beat California 64-57 in the earlier semifinal.

UConn will be going for its eighth national championship to match Tennessee for the most in women's basketball history. The Huskies (34-4) and Irish had played three thrilling games this season, with Notre Dame coming out on top by margins of one point, two points and in triple overtime.

This one wasn't as close, ending the brilliant career of Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins. UConn built a 10-point halftime lead and Notre Dame (35-2) could only get within six in the second half, ending the Irish's school record 30-game winning streak.

Antonita Slaughter scored 18 points on six 3-pointers and Louisville clawed back from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat California 64-57 on Sunday and advance to the NCAA championship game.

Bria Smith scored 17 on 6 of 7 shooting for the Cardinals (29-8), who were a No. 5 seed and became the first team seeded worse than fourth to win a Final Four game.

They join Louisville's men's team in playing for a national championship. The men play Monday night and the women will face Connecticut on Tuesday.

Layshia Clarendon scored 17 for Cal (32-4), which had won the Spokane Region as a second seed. Gennifer Brandon added 12 for the Golden Bears and Brittany Boyd added 10 points.

Connecticut beat Louisville by 14 points back in January. That doesn't mean the Huskies are going to be brimming with confidence about their chances of winning an eighth NCAA national title on Tuesday night against the Cardinals.

Louisville (29-8) has become the master of the upset in the 2013 NCAA tournament. The Cardinals beat Cal 64-57 in Sunday night's national semifinal in the latest game they weren't supposed to win.

Louisville stunned defending national champion Baylor and knocked off perennial power Tennessee just to get to New Orleans.

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