One year ago, the Notre Dame women's basketball team endured the long
flight from Hartford to South Bend after suffering a loss in the Big
East Tournament title game to Connecticut on the Huskies' home court.
Coach Muffet McGraw used the loss as a teaching tool, galvanized the
club, and guided the Irish on an amazing run in the NCAA Tournament.
The Irish knocked off Tennessee and Connecticut on the way to the
national championship game, which they lost to Texas A&M.
The Irish returned from Hartford in the early hours of Wednesday, and
they were already planning to be on the practice court later in the
day to get ready for the NCAA Tournament.
"This is a team that never hangs their heads," Skylar Diggins said
after Connecticut beat the Irish, 63-54, on Monday night for the Big
East Tournament title. "I'm sure people will be talking and be in the
gym and watching film and seeing what we can learn from things like
that. We'll be back in the gym tomorrow, right back at it."
Notre Dame (30-3) will await its selection to the NCAA Tournament as a
likely No. 1 seed. The Irish host first and second-round games on
March 18 and 20. Selection for the NCAA women's basketball tournament