Jacqueline Batteast led Notre Dame to a 66-51 upset over the fourth-ranked Huskies on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004. Batteast had 23 points, 11 rebounds and a big blocked shot down the stretch, and the Irish finished the game with a 13-0 run. Notre Dame students, just back from the holiday break, rushed onto the floor to celebrate.
The defeat ended the Huskies' 121-game winning streak against unranked teams, a string that began with a 79-66 loss to Boston College on Jan. 23, 1999.
UConn had won 33 straight road games since a 92-88 loss at Tennessee in 2001. The Huskies' 69-game home winning streak ended Jan. 3 to Duke 68-67.
The Huskies (11-2, 2-1 Big East) closed to 53-51 when Taurasi drove the baseline and hit a pull-up jumper with 4:50 left. But the Huskies didn't score again, missing six straight shots down the stretch and turning the ball over twice.
The most decisive miss came with 3:17 left, when Batteast — playing with four fouls — blocked a jumper by Taurasi and came down with the rebound. Seconds later, she powered her way inside for a second straight time for a basket inside, giving the Irish a 59-51 lead.
"I think that deflated Connecticut," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "I think they felt that Diana would save the day."
Batteast, who scored five points during the decisive run, said she wasn't worried about fouling out.
"I was thinking about the two points. I went straight up and got the block," Batteast said. "I didn't want Taurasi to hit that shot."
Taurasi struggled again against the Irish, as she had throughout her career, but this time the Huskies couldn't overcome it.
"This may not be as big a win as 2001, but it is certainly a bigger upset," McGraw said. "Anytime you can beat a great team like this, it is great."
The Irish held the Huskies to a season-low 31 percent shooting.
"I am excited with our defense," McGraw said. "We started playing well against Virginia Tech and it carried over into tonight."
Courtney LaVere added 14 points, and made just her second career 3-pointer, and Le'Tania Severe added 12 points as the Irish shot 59.5 percent and outscored the Huskies 32-24 inside. The Irish outrebounded the Huskies 33-32.