University of Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The University of Connecticut women's basketball team's winning streak is alive.
Gabby Williams and her fellow Huskies would not let it die.
Williams played 40 minutes for the first time in her career and had 19 points to match her career high, 12 rebounds, six assists, two blocked shots and a career-high matching five steals as No. 1 UConn broke away from a late third-quarter tie to defeat second-ranked Notre Dame, 72-61, Wednesday night before a sellout crowd of 9,149 at Purcell Pavilion.
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DeShone Kizer threw for a career-best 465 yards to help Notre Dame overcome another shaky performance by its defense and special teams and beat Syracuse 50-33 Saturday.
The Irish snapped a two-game losing streak, but did not show much defensive improvement in the first game since Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly fired coordinator Brian VanGorder. The Irish (2-3) allowed more than 30 points for the fourth time this season.
NEW YORK -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was on hand to support Notre Dame in the Irish's thrilling 76-75 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Sunday at Barclays Center.
Christie's daughter, Sarah, is a team manager and Christie is friends with Irish coach Mike Brey.
"He only shows up for the big games," Brey cracked when I asked him about it. "He'll be there in Philly -- if Trump will let him."
NEW YORK -- Highly-touted NBA prospect Demetrius Jackson may have been earning Jerian Grant comparisons at Notre Dame this season, but it was junior guard VJ Beachem who shined when the lights were at their brightest on Friday.
After earning a permanent spot on the bench due to poor play during last season's NCAA Tournament, the Indiana native dropped a game-high 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting, leading the No. 6 Irish to a thrilling 70-63 win over No. 11 Michigan in a first round East Region game in Brooklyn.
"I'm really proud of him because a year ago, he didn't have a good postseason," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "I didn't even play him in the NCAA Tournament. To have him deliver like he did tonight."