Irish say a National Championship would mean everything.

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By: Newscenter 16 Email

Lead by there senior class the Notre Dame women's basketball team is now just one win a way from a National Championship. They say that winning their second title in school history would mean everything to them.

"It would mean a lot for our program, for our community, for our university if we could bring it home," freshman guard Lindsay Allen said. "The first unbeaten season in Notre Dame history would mean a lot especially for our coaches and for our seniors."

The Irish seniors have been to four straight Final Fours, but have not been able to capture a title. The underclassmen know how hard they have worked to get the program to this point and really want to win one for them.

"So much, I would love to. They are great leaders and great people and they deserve this," sophomore guard Madison Cable said.

"All of us, this entire year, it has been our goal to win a title for our seniors just because of all of the work that they have put in," freshman forward Taya Reimer said. "All of the things they have done for us and they have come up short the past three years and you know we want to send them out on a great note."

Head coach Muffet McGraw won a national title in 2001 but her focus is also on the seniors. She wants them to leave Notre Dame with one more win.

"I want these girls to go out champions," Coach McGraw said. "You know, they will be winners and champions no matter what happens in the next game and I want them to have that ring that says 'I am a national champion.'"

Seniors Ariel Braker and Kayla McBride know this will be there last game in an Irish uniform and want to be called champions when the clock hits zero against UConn.

"I think it would just mean the world, obviously, if we could go out with the win." Braker said.

Kayla McBride added "It would mean everything. You know, as a senior, playing for coach McGraw, playing for this team, this program I have been playing for four years I know am going to leave it all on the court for forty minutes. I know I am going to dive on every loose ball. I am going to try and make every shot. I am going to try and do whatever I have to for this team to win because it means that much to me."

Tip off for the National Championship game against UConn is set for 8:30 p.m.

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