Diggins leads Notre Dame past Kansas, 93-63

Notre Dame vs Kansas
Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins, right, drives to the basket during the second half of a regional semi-final of an NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday March 31, 2013 in Norfolk, Va. Notre Dame won 93-63. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) — Skylar Diggins scored 22 of her 27 points by halftime Sunday and became the school’s career scoring leader, helping the top-seeded Fighting Irish to a 93-63 victory against Kansas in the semifinals of the Norfolk Regional.

And Diggins 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.