Once again, Shoni Schimmel fell short on the court against UConn, but Monday was about more than one game. It was a chance to celebrate someone who has become a part of the Louisville community and united the Native American nation.
Playing short-handed, it was clear Friday just how small Connecticut's margin for error is right now. But in putting together a 72-55 victory over No. 8 Maryland, the gap between the Huskies and the rest of the country remains.
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.
She's a 6-foot-4 freshman forward who has yet to score her first point for UConn. But if the Huskies are to be more than the best of the rest after Baylor, it's likely to have a lot to do with Breanna Stewart.