In an unusual twist, each team outrebounded the other on its own offensive end.
Irish 28-23 on its end. UConn 18-15 on its end. The difference was that, due to height and girth, UConn easily converted their 18 off rebounds into 20 points while the Irish converted 28 into only 17 points. ND had several putbacks blocked (12 blocks for UConn to just 5 by ND, 3 by Diggins).