ND women eye some other title run

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CHICAGO (AP) — Notre Dame’s ladies’s basketball crew comes rolling into the Chicago Region semifinals with a second instantly NCAA championship in sight.
If the Fighting Irish are going to deliver domestic the large prize again, they will have to win a Sweet 16 rematch along the way.
Top-seeded Notre Dame faces No. Four seed Texas A&M in the nearby semifinals for the second one yr in a row, even as No. 2 seed Stanford goes against eleventh-seeded Missouri State nowadays. The winners will meet Monday for a trip to the Final Four in Tampa Bay.
“There definitely is a remarkable sense of self belief knowing we have been right here before, we’ve got received these kinds of games earlier than, and we honestly are capable of doing it once more,” Notre Dame instruct Muffet McGraw said.
Notre Dame beat Texas A&M 90-84 in the Sweet sixteen ultimate year as part of a championship run that ended with a thrilling comeback towards Mississippi State. Arike Ogunbowale hit an off-balance 3-pointer with zero.1 seconds left to provide the Irish a 61-58 victory and their second national championship.
The simplest losses for Notre Dame (32-three) this season have been to Connecticut in Hartford and at each North Carolina and Miami. The Irish have received eleven straight video games — all with the aid of at the least 18 factors, which include a 91-63 blowout in opposition to Michigan State inside the 2nd spherical.
But getting out of Chicago won’t be smooth. Three of the four groups have won NCAA championships and the one that does not — Missouri State — is on its exceptional run in years. The Lady Bears (25-9) are available in on a 24-2 tear that has propelled them to the Sweet sixteen for the primary time due to the fact that Jackie Stiles led them on an awesome Final Four run in 2001.

There are Hall of Fame coaches in McGraw and Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer and another with 791 wins — Texas A&M’s Gary Blair. He led the Aggies to a country wide championship victory over Notre Dame in 2011.
“Every team here has brilliant tradition, has super gamers, simply the whole lot that makes for a very interesting regional,” said VanDerveer, whose Cardinal (30-4) deliver an eleven-game win streak.
Here are a few matters to know approximately the regional games in Chicago:
CONTAINING CARTER
If all of us can parent out how to sluggish Texas A&M guard Chennedy Carter, McGraw certain would like to know. The SEC’s leading scorer this season, she has been especially difficult to prevent inside the NCAAs.
The sophomore has a 30.2 scoring average in 5 event games. The simplest different gamers to average at least 30 over five or more NCAA games are Sheryl Swoopes and Elena Delle Donne.
“Yeah, we don’t have an answer,” McGraw said. “We’ve tried plenty of various things at exercise; definitely, none of them in reality regarded proper.”

ACCOMPLISHED COACHES
McGraw and VanDerveer are part of a small institution of coaches with two or more championships, along side Geno Auriemma, Pat Summitt, Linda Sharp and Kim Mulkey. Notre Dame also received all of it in 2001, at the same time as Stanford took home the pinnacle prize in 1990 and 1992. VanDerveer leads all coaches in NCAA appearances with 34, and with 86 match wins, she trails most effective Geno Auriemma (119) and Summitt (112).
LOOKING BACK
The Aggies (26-7) have been looking forward to the rematch with the Irish. Ogunbowale scored 17 of her 27 points inside the 2d 1/2 and Marina Mabrey delivered 25, hitting a profession-excessive seven 3-pointers, to assist Notre Dame beat Texas A&M inside the Spokane Region semifinals closing yr. Carter had 31 points and seven assists for the Aggies in that sport.
“Bittersweet stop to last 12 months,” Carter stated. “Didn’t genuinely accomplish the things we desired to. But for us all to get some other hazard, and me to certainly get out there and be with my teammates, I’m clearly excited. Notre Dame is a outstanding group filled with a bunch of exceptional guards, so I’m ready to test my recreation, and I’m certain my teammates are ready to play, as nicely.”
TURNAROUND
From dropping seven of the first eight games to creating the Sweet 16, it is been quite a turnaround for Missouri State. A 70-67 loss to then-No. 21 Gonzaga left the Lady Bears with a 1-7 file. But it also left them questioning they might turn around the season.

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