Notre Dame headed for it’s third straight trip to the Final Four
The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame fought back and rallied against Duke to earn their third straight trip to the final four. Notre Dame began their comeback with Skylar Diggins, who had already had two fouls in the first half, before regaining her composure to lead her team with 24 points in the second half. It was early in the second half where Skylar Diggins scored her fourth 3-pointer which started Notre Dame’s 15-2 run, giving Notre Dame a 50-42 lead. Before Notre Dame would eventually go on to defeat Duke for a final score of 87-76.
Notre Dame’s win was a true team effort with Kayla McBride adding 17 points, Jewell Loyd and Natalie Achonwa both scoring 17 points. Also, Notre Dame’s Natalie Achonwa grabbed 13 rebounds to go with her 17 points which helped in Notre Dame reaching the semifinals of the final four in New Orleans.
With this win and advancement into the final four for the third straight year, Notre Dame (35-1) also took the title for their school’s program-record of 30th consecutive game.
Now, Notre Dame has earned the chance to rematch against Connecticut in the final four semi-finals which will also be the two teams third straight meeting. As it stands this season Notre Dame has won 7 of 8 games against Connecticut.
For the final four, Notre Dame will take on Connecticut and Louisville will match up against California in New Orleans.
With both Louisville teams making it into the final four, it marks the tenth time a program has had both of their teams make it to the final four.
“We’re the ugly ducklings that ruined the party. No one gave us a chance and we shocked everybody,” Louisville Coach Jeff Walz said of his team’s upset victory over Tennessee.
-Kelly J Newson