Irish women enjoying their time in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Notre Dame's visit to Nashville shifted from fun to business on Saturday as the undefeated Irish practiced at Bridgestone Arena in anticipation of their battle with Maryland in Sunday's Final Four.

But the Irish certainly took in the atmosphere of Music City on Thursday and Friday and enjoyed the experience.

"I love Nashville," Irish women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw said. "We went out line dancing the first night here. We had a great time. The city is so cool but the people have been tremendous."

"We went line dan.... well I mean, I didn't physically line dance but the team did," injured Irish senior Natalie Achonwa said with a smile. "It was great to see them have fun. We are an energized group. We love to dance and we love to have fun and to see that and to enjoy Nashville has been really exciting for us."

"I like the food," senior Ariel Braker says with a laugh. "But the thing I like the most was the environment around. We went to Broadway Street and walked up and down and got to see how cool everything was and that was fun."

The Irish say now its all about getting the win Sunday against Maryland. Tipoff is at 6:30 in Nashville.

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