UCLA takes double OT victory over Notre Dame, 86-83

Finally! A team I like pulls off the upset. And oh what an upset it was:

SOUTH BEND — No. 15 UCLA fought back at the end of regulation and the first overtime, and then survived a last-second Irish shot to score an 86-83 double-overtime victory against No. 12 Notre Dame Thursday night in college women’s basketball action.

Notre Dame trailed, 84-83, when Natalie Novosel was fouled in a battle for a loose ball. Novosel missed both, and UCLA’s Markel Walker rebounded and was fouled. Walker went to the free-throw line with 5.8 seconds left. Walker missed both. Natalie Achonwa rebounded, and the Irish called a timeout with 4.2 seconds left.

Darxia Morris stole the inbounds pass intended for Skylar Diggins, who immediately fouled Morris. Morris hit two free throws for an 86-83 lead with 3.6 left. Diggins’ desperation 3 bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

Jasmine Dixon and Darxia Morris went big for the Bruins tonight.

Skylar Diggins continues to be a monster; I really appreciate her game.

I adore one-, two-, or three-overtime games, even if they’re hard on the system.

The only other major news tonight is Angie Bjorklund’s six treys in leading Tennessee’s win over Virginia 85-73.