An analysis of the UConn-Notre Dame rivalry over the last two years wouldn’t be complete without a tip of the hat to All-American Irish guards Skylar Diggins and Kayla McBride. They’ve been dominating and clutch, the “X Factor” – so to speak.
The only thing Diggins hasn’t done in four seasons is win a national championship. She has one more chance,
“It would mean a lot?? I say this over and over?? not only to me but to our team and our program, the city of South Bend who has been supporting me my whole life, the university, Coach McGraw,” Diggins said. ” It would just mean a lot, so many things so much bigger than myself. And the opportunity is here now. And, like I said, I’ll keep saying it: We’re going to leave it all on the court and try our best to get to that position where we can fight for a national championship.”
McBride doesn’t think there’s going to be much different about this game, in terms of strategy.
“I don’t think there’s that much change,” McBride said. “I think there’s a few things here and there. We see on film what’s wrong, we adjust from there. They couldn’t have changed that much in about a week and a half. So we just try to go out there and play hard and play with intensity.
“I think we pay attention more now than ever. I think you’re at the point of the season where every detail matters even more. And we know so much about them, and likewise with them for us.
“But we just have to make sure we come out and still execute our scout defense and our keys to the game.”