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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Skylar Diggins cut the final strand off the net and twirled it around. Finally, Notre Dame had its first Big East tournament championship. Six previous times the Irish had played Connecticut in the tournament title game and had fallen in each one, including the previous two. Now in its final Big East title game, the Irish were champions. ``It's special because it's the last one,'' Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. ``We leave here champions and go home undefeated. To win it here makes it even better.'' Natalie Achonwa's layup with 1.8 seconds left lifted No. 2 Notre Dame to a 61-59 victory over third-ranked UConn on Tuesday night. Diggins stole an errant pass from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis with 8 seconds left, and after dribbling through a few defenders, found Achonwa for the uncontested lay-in. Kelly Faris then heaved a desperation attempt from 65 feet that fell harmlessly off the...

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