SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Suddenly the only noise in an arena that had been loud all day was the happy screaming of the West Virginia Mountaineers, who had just managed possibly the program's biggest upset.
West Virginia matched No. 2 Notre Dame's physical play and won most of the hustle points in a 65-63 victory that ended the Irish's 21-game winning streak.
Brooke Hampton made two free throws with 4.6 seconds left to give the Mountaineers (18-6, 8-3 Big East) the lead and the celebration was on after a 15-footer by Natalie Novosel of Notre Dame bounced off the rim as time expired.
"This is a great win for us,'' Mountaineers coach Mike Carey said. "We were below .500 three or four years ago and we beat Louisville at Louisville when they were ranked third in the country. This is right up there [with our best wins ever].''
The Mountaineers came in on a three-game winning streak and were confident heading into Sunday, according to center Asya Bussie who had 22 points and eight rebounds.
"I just think we were more focused,'' she said. "We prepared all week and we just came in and did what we had to do to get the win.''
Bussie hit a turnaround jumper with 39 seconds to go that tied the game at 63.
Skyler Diggins had a career-high 32 points for Notre Dame (24-2, 11-1), which came into the game leading the nation at 83.2 points per game.
Diggins missed a contested layup that could have tied the score with less than 10 seconds to play. She fouled Hampton at midcourt as she went for a steal with 4.6 seconds to go.
Hampton then made the free throws that gave her four points for the game - all from the line.