TAMPA BAY (FL) -- The Notre Dame women's basketball team will play for their second-straight national championship Sunday night against Baylor after Friday night's big win over UConn in the Final Four.
It was an emotional night for the Irish, to come from behind in dramatic fashion - and against heated rival UConn, no less - it had all the feel of a statement win for a program that has made a lot of them through the years.
But the Irish can't revel in the glory of their Friday night heroics for long, after all, there's a national championship at stake. Notre Dame said they've already put the UConn game behind them, and are soley focused on beating Baylor.
"We had high expectations for ourselves and we're a great team, so we had a lot of confidence and we came out on top," Irish senior guard Arike Ogunbowale said. "It was a light celebration and of course you're going to be happy, but we knew coming into this it's not about one game it's about two games. Our focus has been on making it to Sunday, so it was an easy transition."
"I mean I think you flip it pretty quick just because you're playing for a national championship," senior forward Jessica Shepard said. "That's bigger than the game was yesterday. We definitely came into today focused, watched film, just preparing for a good Baylor team tomorrow.
"I kind of think about last year and how exciting the semifinal was and watching the team and how they were able to flip the switch and calm back down before the national championship game," senior forward Brianna Turner said. "So just making sure we're calm and focused, knowing that last night was not the championship game, we still have one more to go."
"Our goal is a national championship and that's still 40 minutes away," Marina Mabrey said. "Flipping the switch and being able to recognize that we still have tomorrow and that we still want to win."
Notre Dame will play Baylor for the national championship Sunday night at 6pm. The game will air on ESPN.