And now UConn prepares for the likelihood of a third game against Notre Dame in the Big East tournament championship game on March 12. And perhaps they will meet again in the national semifinals in New Orleans.
If so, UConn will have to rethink everything it has done, if for no other reason than to prevent it from happening again.
“These are the games you look forward to,” Kelly Faris said. “If the game is on the line, the competitor within you makes everything else go out the window. It doesn’t matter how long you have been out there. It doesn’t matter how long your opponent has been on the court. There is a game out there to win and that should be everything and anything that is on your mind.
“The change [with UConn] has to start individually and become a collective thing.
“I have always said there is something to learn from a loss. There always is. I will sit there and rack my brain, think about things we could have done better. We should have blocked this person out or done this better. There’s going to be a million things that we should have done differently.
“In the end, you have to figure out who wants it more. What are you willing to give up to get it? And it can’t come from just one or two people. It needs to come from an entire team that is willing to give up everything to win.”