Brittany Mallory scored a season-high 20
points Saturday, and Notre Dame's defensive pressure took its toll
in a 78-53 victory over Oklahoma that sent the second-seeded
Fighting Irish to the regional final.
Notre Dame (29-7) will play top-seeded Tennessee on Monday. The
Lady Vols (34-2) pulled away from Ohio State in the second half for
an 85-75 win - their 25th straight - in the other semifinal.
Nicole Griffin scored 18 points for Oklahoma (23-12), which
reached the Final Four each of the last two years. Notre Dame's
go-for-the-ball pressure crumpled the Sooners' guard-driven
offense, which had only eight field goals and 14 turnovers in the
decisive first half.