Angelo Di Carlo is the only local television reporter covering Notre Dame in the women's NCAA Tournament in Iowa City.
On Sunday, the top seeded Irish rolled over Tennessee-Martin 97-64 in the NCAA Opener. The Irish now face host Iowa in the 2nd round Tuesday night at 9:30 with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line.
On Monday, Angelo chatted 1-on-1 with Irish coach Muffet McGraw.
Angelo: Coach you get the opening round win a big win--were you pleased with your team's effort? It was a slow start but then it seemed like you guys really got rolling?
Coach McGraw: Yeah, I was really pleased with the way we shot the ball--60% in the 2nd half. We got a lot of layups. We used our size advantage to perfection. Took advantage of mismatch inside with Jewell Loyd, Kaya McBride mismatch inside. Scored in a number of different ways.
Angelo: Jewell Loyd--i know at this point in the season--you don't treat her like a freshman anymore but she was like a junior or senior out there.
Coach McGraw: She really was. Freshman, NCAA Tournament, first time--maybe has the jitters but she scored her first basket and never looked back.
(Loyd scored a career high 27 points to lead Notre Dame)
Angelo: Tuesday night, Iowa on its home floor. I know last week when you saw the draw you were worried about it, what are you thoughts now?
Coach McGraw: Well the crowd was big last night, they're loud--they are going to be a factor but playing in Storrs, in Hartford, at Tennesee, playing at DePaul--we have some experience going in.
Angelo: You have that upperclassmen leadership--you have Skylar, you have Kayla, you have Natalie---in these situations, I'm sure you definitely lean on them in particular?
Coach McGraw: We'll definitely lean on them. We gotta come out and take the crowd out of the game.