Skylar Diggins Become Notre Dame’s All-Time Leading Scorer in the Win
Skylar Diggins scored 27 points and became the school’s all-time leading scorer
Notre Dame point guard Skylar Diggins scored 27 points and became the school’s all-time leading scorer, leading the top seeded Fighting Irish to a 93-63 win over Kansas in the semifinals of the Norfolk Regional.
Coach Muffet McGraw was unaware how close Skylar was to breaking asst. coach Beth Cunningham’s scoring record until well into the second half with a comfortable lead. Moments later, with 7:48 to play, Diggins hit a jumper at the foul line to break the record.
"Coach told me to score two more. I didn't really know why, but I was like, 'OK,' " Diggins said.
The victory was the 29th in a row for Notre Dame, and one win away from a Final Four berth in Atlanta. They have been defeated in title games in the last two consecutive years.
Carolyn Davis led the upstart Jayhawks (20-14) with 25 points on 11-for-17 shooting, but the second No. 12 seed ever to get this far in the women's tournament since the seeding format began in 1994 didn't stick around long.
Notre Dame led 40-27 at halftime and started the second half with a 22-9 run. "We definitely let them play comfortable and confident," Jayhawks coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "I was disappointed our defensive effort wasn't better."