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Third time not Irish's charm: Huskies capture Big East tournament title

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Notre Dame women's basketball team fell short in their quest for their first ever Big East tournament championship. 

The Irish fell to the UConn Huskies with a score of 63 to 54 Tuesday night in Hartford.

Notre Dame beat the Huskies twice during the regular season. UConn has won their fifth-straight Big East championship title.

Despite the loss, Irish fans say the UConn/Notre Dame rivalry has made this season even more exciting.

"It's a great rivalry,” said Paul Alexander. “You can't get any better than this and this is what makes Notre Dame even better.”

The Irish are still expected to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.  

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