Ang in New Orleans: Irish anxious for Gameday to arrive already

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Skylar Diggins just wants to get to Sunday night already.

That's when the Notre Dame senior captain and her Notre Dame Fighting Irish will face UConn in the Final Four for the 3rd straight season. It will be the final time Diggins gets to face the Huskies.

And she just wishes there were no more practices, media interviews or anything--she just wants gameday to arrive.

"Let's just get out there and play already," Diggins says with a big smile. "It's been an amazing trip. Great host city, the food is amazing. The people are great and this is just a fun experience. I'm giddy. I'm anxious. Seeing that it's my last go around, I just want to soak it all in."

Irish center Natalie Achonwa says the Final Four became a reality when Notre Dame practiced on the floor at the New Orleans Arena Saturday afternoon.

It's something the Irish are not taking for granted.

"It's just amazing to make it three times in a row," Irish coach Muffet McGraw says. "It's so difficult for us to do and for us be here, I don't think we even appreciate it until a couple days after."

While it's a 3rd straight trip for the Irish as a team, it's the first trip to the Final Four for freshman Jewell Loyd. She experienced a whole range of emotions Saturday because her brother Jarred was getting married while she was going through all her media and practice obligations.

Loyd says her brother definitely believed the Irish could get to the Final Four but the scheduling just worked out this way. Jewell had a computer setup in the Notre Dame locker room and was actually watching the wedding via Skype during media interviews.

The Irish freshman phenom says most of her family will arrive in time for Sunday night's clash with UConn. Her brother plans to be at Tuesday's national championship game, if the Irish advance.

Notre Dame and UConn tip at 9pm Sunday night.


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