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Women’s basketball: Notre Dame moves on

Skylar Diggins was already having such a great day, her coach figured she might as well make it historic.

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

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Coach Muffet McGraw had forgotten all about Diggins’s pursuit of the school scoring mark until the game was in hand. When she asked, she was told the senior was just 2 points away from passing assistant coach Beth Cunningham.

‘‘I told [Diggins], ‘You’re coming out in 30 seconds. You might as well get one more,’ ’’ McGraw said.

Moments later, with 7:48 to play, the lefthander swished a 12-foot jumper for career points 2,322 and 2,323.

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‘‘Coach told me to score 2 more. I didn’t really know why, but I was like, ‘OK,’ ’’ Diggins said.

Diggins added nine assists and three steals, scored 9 straight during a 16-2 run that put the Irish (34-1) ahead to stay, and 6 more to cap a 10-2 run into halftime.

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 didn’t stick around long.

Duke 53, Nebraska 45 — Tricia Liston scored 17 points and the Blue Devils shook off a slow start to beat the Cornhuskers.

Alexis Jones added 14 points for Duke (33-2), which advanced to Tuesday’s game against Notre Dame.

Nebraska (25-9) shot 30.3 percent from the field and hit just 3 of 24 3-point tries.

Jordan Hooper, the Cornhuskers’ leading scorer, left with an apparent knee injury with eight minutes left and scored just 6 points.

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