Huskies turnaround keys: Stewart, defense

Three stats to know from Connecticut’s win over Notre Dame in the national semifinals, one that set up a meeting with Louisville (whom it has beaten 12 straight times) for the national title.

1-- Connecticut beat Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four tries. The Huskies advanced to their eighth national championship game. They are 7-0 in their previous appearances.

2--UConn’s Breanna Stewart had the best game of her career, a 29-point effort to lead the Huskies to the win. Stewart went 4-for-5 on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in this game.

She was 1-for-4 on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in the first four games of the tournament and 0-for-9 on those shots in three previous meetings with Notre Dame this season.

3-- Notre Dame shot 15-for-46 (33 percent) in the paint and 2-for-13( 15 percent) in transition against Connecticut on Sunday. The Irish had one more turnover (3) in transition than they had field goals (2).

In their three previous games against the Huskies, the Irish shot 49 percent in the paint and 54 percent in transition.

The Irish also went 6-for-26 when one player touched the ball before a shot. Connecticut was 11-for-14 on the same type of attempts.