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Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins shoots over Kansas forward Chelsea Gardner during Sunday's Norfolk Regional semifinal game. Diggins scored 27 points to lead the Irish.

Diggins leads Irish past Kansas

NORFOLK, Va. – Skylar Diggins showed she may have no peer, especially at this time of the year.

The Notre Dame point guard scored 22 of her 27 points by halftime Sunday and became the school's career scoring, leading the top-seeded Irish to a 93-63 victory against Kansas in the semifinals of the Norfolk Regional.

And Diggins, perhaps spurred on by talk the Norfolk Regional was full of great point guards, made it look easy, adding nine assists and three steals, and scoring nine straight during a 16-2 first-half run that put the Irish (34-1) ahead to stay.

The victory was the 29th in a row for Notre Dame, and left the Irish one victory shy of a third consecutive trip to the Final Four. They have lost in the title game each of the last two years.

Carolyn Davis led the upstart Jayhawks (20-14) with 25 points on 11-for-17 shooting, but the second No. 12 seed ever to get this far in the women's tournament since the seeding format began in 1994 didn't stick around long.

Notre Dame led 40-27 at halftime and started the second half with a 22-9 run.

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