Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins, right, knocks the ball loose from Tennessee guard Kamiko Williams in the first half of an NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional final, Monday, March 28, 2011, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo)
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Skylar Diggins scored 24 points and second-seeded Notre Dame made up for 28 years of beatings at the hands of Tennessee, upsetting the top-seeded Lady Vols 73-59 Monday night to earn a spot in the Final Four.
The Fighting Irish (30-7) came in 0-20 all-time against the Lady Vols. But the operative number on this night was 3-0 -- Notre Dame's record in regional championship games.
Natalie Novosel added 17 points and Becca Bruszewski – who didn't practice Sunday and was listed as questionable to even play with a knee injury -- had 13 for the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame advanced to the play the winner of top-ranked Connecticut (35-1) and second-seeded Duke (32-3). They play on Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
Taber Spani and Shekinna Stricklen had 13 points for the Lady Vols (34-3). Glory Johnson added 12.
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