The Notre Dame women's basketball team is in the Final Four for the second time in as many seasons. As South Bend's own Skylar Diggins tells Angelo Di Carlo in a one-on-one conversation, this is why she's Irish.
Angelo: How crazy has this week been, having to deal with people like me?
Diggins: "All media. Media, media, media. It's a part of it though. Everyone's excited. Everybody wants a story. Everybody wants to know how we feel about the game, and I think we're all just ready to get the game started."
Angelo: How special is this, being here for the second time in a row?
Diggins: "It's special. It's great for our program and the community--Notre Dame, the City of South Bend. Just coming back here and having another opportunity for what we failed at last year, which is winning a national championship. We're kind of going about it in the same way in having to face our opponent in Uconn again to get there."
Angelo: When you decided to come to Notre Dame, could you have dreamed things would work out so perfectly?
Diggins: "This is the reason why I came to Notre Dame--to do it my way, if that makes sense. I didn't want to go to the traditional UConn, Tennessee, Duke. I wanted to come to a program like Notre Dame with a coach like Coach McGraw, who is the best coach in the nation in my opinion, who I know knew how to lead a team to a national championship. At the same time...people slept on this program and I wanted to help her and the rest of the team bring the team back to an elite program again and show people that we are an elite program."
Angelo: How many Twitter followers do you have now?
Diggins: "I think it's a little under 172 (thousand)."
Angelo: So you're slacking a little this year.
Diggins: "I'm not surprised anymore I guess."
Angelo: You're facing UConn for the fourth time this season...
Diggins: "It's nothing new. Gosh, I could tell you, 'Hey, you're supposed to cut down here,' and tell them the plays, 'Wait for the screen.' It's all about execution now and who's going to hustle more. I think in the Big East championship we got out-hustled and that's why we lost. They didn't add any new plays or run any new offense. It's just the fact that they out-hustled us, and I think it's going to come down to that and also the ability to execute our offensive and defensive game plans."