Notre Dame's 72-63 win over UConn on Sunday night was the Shock Heard Round The Women's Basketball World. It was the Huskies themselves that are left to answer the questions as to why and how this happened. Head coach Geno Auriemma took note of the many mistakes and passive play his team showcased in the second half:
Once we took Stefanie out we just didn't have much of a presence physically inside, and they took advantage of that. They drove the ball into the lane and they forced us to make -- as Kelly and Maya said, we made some mistakes defensively, and sometimes teams can't capitalize on your mistakes. But Notre Dame did tonight. The last three times we have played them, we may have made similar mistakes but they didn't make shots. So today I think we lost our aggressiveness in the second half. I think in the second half, I think it was Maya -- Maya said that -- we played tentatively. We played on our heels. We allowed the calls and what was happening to kind of affect the way we played. We lost -- we really did; we lost our attacking mentality on the defensive end. And you can't do that against Notre Dame."
Meanwhile, Notre Dame can't help but feel euphoric over their big win. Freshman Natalie Achonwa can hardly believe the support her team is getting during their run:
"Indiana is amazing. There is tremendous support for us, fans that weren't even initally supporting us, stayed after the first game and wanted us. I feel like our team and our coaching staff, we give off a vibe that brings people together. I think Indiana is an amazing basketball state and they support their basketball and athletics a lot and it's great to have a great fan base here for us."
Senior Brittany Mallory can't believe she's about to play for a National Championship.
"I get chills thinking about it. We knew this is what we wanted to do, and we knew we were going to accomplish this this year. It is an unbelievable feeling that we are going to be playing for a national championship on Tuesday night."
They'll have their chance when they play Texas A&M on Tuesday for the Women's National Title.