DENVER (AP) -- Even in a rebuilding season, Connecticut remained a serious title threat.
The pesky Huskies rallied to get the game into overtime Sunday night before Big East rival Notre Dame pulled away for an 83-75 victory in the NCAA women's semifinals.
For the second straight season, Connecticut had to watch the Irish celebrate a trip to the championship game as it trudged off the court in tears.
After a late comeback, UConn (33-5) unraveled in overtime as Brittany Mallory hit two clutch 3-pointers to help lift the Irish (35-3).
Coming into the game, the Huskies were highly motivated to settle a score after losing to the Irish 72-63 at the Final Four last year.
UConn simply ran out of steam in overtime.