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Mitchell Northam | NCAA.com | April 5, 2019

Notre Dame vs. UConn: How the Final Four opponents stack up statistically

UConn looks to make their way back to a National Championship

At the Final Four in Tampa, Florida on Friday night, the women’s basketball teams from Notre Dame and UConn will meet for the 50th time.

While UConn leads the overall series against its old Big East rival, 37-12, Notre Dame has had more success in the post-season, winning four of seven meetings.

These teams saw each other once this season, with the Huskies taking an 18-point victory at the Irish’s home in South Bend. They last time they met in the NCAA tournament was at last year’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, which saw Notre Dame take a two-point win in overtime.

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With talented players and iconic coaches on each side, there are sure to be fireworks.

Here’s a closer look at the statistical matchups between the Huskies and Irish.

Leading Scorer

 

Arike Ogunbowale (ND)

Napheesa Collier (UConn)

Points per-game

21.5

21.1

Total points

795

777

FGM

285

316

FGA

635

514

FG%

44.9

61.5

FT%

80.1

69.7

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Top Rebounder

 

Jessica Shepard (ND)

Napheesa Collier (UConn)

Height

6’4”

6’1”

Rebounds per-game

10.2

10.8

Off. Rebounds

136

118

Def. Rebounds

231

280

Total Rebounds

367

398

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Best Passer

 

Jackie Young (ND)

Crystal Dangerfield (UConn)

Assists per-game

5.1

5.8

Total assists

184

216

Turnovers

70

72

Assist-Turnover ratio

+2.63

+3.01

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Team Defense

 

Notre Dame

UConn

Points allowed per-game

64.2

55.9

Steals

332

300

Blocks

190

161

FG% allowed

37.1

34.1

3pt FG% allowed

28.6

28.1

Fun Stats

Notre Dame: The Irish’s five starters have totaled 10,070 combined points over their career, which is the most ever in men or women’s basketball history, according to the school’s sports information department. The Irish led the country in wins against ranked opponents this season with 12. Notre Dame leads the nation in scoring — with 89 points per-game — and field goal percentage, knocking down 51.6 percent of all of their shots.

UConn: This is the 12th straight Final Four that UConn has played in and the first time since 2006 that UConn isn’t a No. 1 seed. With 4,708 combined career points, Collier and Katie Lous Samuelson are the highest scoring pair of classmates in UConn history. The Huskies rank fourth in the country in assist-turnover ratio (+1.67) and scoring margin (+27.1).

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They Said It

Geno Auriemma, UConn head coach: “I don't think the other 49 times we played them really has any significance in tomorrow's game… Notre Dame is a lot better today than they were in December, no doubt in my mind. I mean, I think they're the best team in the country. I don't think anybody else is even close. Baylor. But I don't think anybody else, I think, can match Notre Dame when they're playing their A game. They just overwhelm you, man, at every position.”

Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame head coach: “It's hard to say what's the most important thing when you look at the team and say, Well, we can't let [Katie Lou] Samuelson go off for 29, we can't let Napheesa [Collier] own the backboard and do what she wants. [Crystal] Dangerfield is so critical to their team. You don't want to let one of the other two get loose. Really there's so many critical points. I think rebounding is always key for us. If we can defend and get a rebound, that's going to help our transition game. That's probably maybe the biggest key.”

Mitchell Northam is a graduate of Salisbury University. His work has been featured at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Orlando Sentinel, SB Nation, FanSided, USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times. He grew up on Maryland's Eastern Shore and is now based in Durham, N.C.

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