Connecticut’s Breanna Stewart, left, and Katie Lou Samuelson, center, guard Notre Dame’s Kathryn Westbeld during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 28 points and Morgan Tuck added 21 to help No. 1 UConn beat third-ranked Notre Dame 91-81 on Saturday night in the Jimmy V Classic.
This was the latest chapter in the top rivalry in women’s basketball. These two teams have played for the national championship or in the Final Four in the past five seasons, including last season’s title game that Connecticut won.
The Huskies (6-0) have won 43 consecutive games.
For the second straight game, the Huskies only held a one-possession lead at the half. They led 58-54 midway through the third quarter before Tuck started a 20-2 run over the next 7 minutes. She had eight points during the spurt.
The lead grew to 78-56 early in the fourth quarter before Notre Dame scored 13 of the next 15 points to close within 11 with 4:46 left. The Irish could get no closer than nine.
Freshman Marina Mabrey scored a career-best 23 to lead Notre Dame (7-1).
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