Click the video link above to see the emotional conversation with Kayla McBride after Notre Dame's 79-58 loss to UConn.
A class act in every sense, Notre Dame senior Kayla McBride couldn't hold back the emotions as the buzzer sounded to end her career in the national championship game Tuesday night in Nashville.
The Irish All-American helped Notre Dame reach the NCAA Finals three times and the Final Four during all four of her seasons but that national title just wouldn't happen.
McBride rushed off the court, almost crashing into scaffolding that was being brought onto the floor for UConn's postgame celebration. As she headed to the locker room, McBride had tears flowing.
When I talked to her in the locker room, those tears returned as she tried to explain what was going through her mind on that near sprint back to the locker room. It took a while for Kayla to get her composure back as she explained how she wanted to be able to do more for her team on Tuesday and how much being a part of Notre Dame meant to her.
Scenes like that in the Notre Dame locker room happened during Notre Dame's two other national title game appearances during this run. It's a remarkable journey but coming up just short of the ultimate goal is so difficult to handle. Becca Bruszewski broke down in 2011 and had to take a brief walk out of the room to get herself together. In 2012, Brittany Mallory had a crack in her voice and tears flowing as she talked about her love for ND.
McBride will go down as one of the all-time greats in Notre Dame women's basketball history. She left it all on the line on the court and she handled herself so well time and time again. In the end, she wore her emotions on her sleeves and showed the world that Notre Dame means everything to her.
McBride has a bright future ahead--she'll be a WNBA staple for years to come and she'll always represent ND in a great way.