STORRS, CONN. – Morgan Tuck has been a big part of UConn's success the past few seasons.
She had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to help the No. 1 Huskies beat third-ranked Notre Dame 91-81 on Saturday night in the Jimmy V Classic.
"Morgan's just somebody we can count on every day, every night," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "She's nothing flashy, nothing spectacular, just does all the little things that help you win games. That's the best way to describe Morgan. It's been like that since her first year here."
Connecticut and Notre Dame have played for the national championship or in the Final Four in the past five seasons, including last season's title game that UConn won.
"It's Notre Dame, any time we play them we always want to play our best," said Breanna Stewart, who led UConn with 28 points.
The Huskies (6-0) have won 43 consecutive games.
For the second straight game, the Huskies held only a one-possession lead at the half. They led 58-54 midway through the third quarter before Tuck scored eight points during a 20-2 run over the next 7 minutes.
The lead grew to 78-56 early in the fourth quarter before Notre Dame scored 13 of the next 15 points to close within 11 with 4:46 left. Freshman Marina Mabrey scored 23 for Notre Dame (7-1).
"I'm proud of the way we battled," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "Marina was outstanding in the first half. I thought we lost the game in the third quarter. So many little things."