With Skylar Diggins leading the way, Natalie Achonwa hitting the game winner and Kayla McBride pouring in points, Notre Dame's third victory of the season over UConn clinched the Irish their first Big East tournament title.
Exactly which team is the underdog in Tuesday's Big East final? Yes, UConn has lost six of its last seven to Notre Dame. But the Irish have never won the conference tournament, going 0-for-6 against the Huskies in championship games.
The Connecticut-Notre Dame women's basketball rivalry is special because of how often they play each other and how familiar each is with the other. But it won't be the same when the Irish join the ACC.
Forget familiarity. Notre Dame and Connecticut meet for the fourth time this season in Sunday's semifinals, but one team will win not because it knows its opponent better, but because it knows itself better.
Through most of this season, it was never clear who the Huskies could count on to lead the way. But Tuesday, with a very animated Geno Auriemma spearheading the effort, UConn jelled to win the Big East tourney title.