After injury forced her to miss the final 11 games last season, Duke senior Chelsea Gray is back on the court, has the ball in her hands, and is eager to put an end to all the questions about her knee.
Notre Dame still has a lot of work to do if it wants to reach a fifth straight Final Four. But in a matchup between two ranked teams, the Irish got a lot from its star and just enough from its star freshman to beat Michigan State.
The U.S. women were far from perfect Monday. But with veteran guards Sue Bird and Lindsay Whalen leading the way -- and Odyssey Sims and Skylar Diggins seemingly on deck -- Team USA is edging closer to being ready for the world championship.
Freshman Taya Reimer, who will step into the starting lineup for injured Natalie Achonwa, doesn't need to win the game for Notre Dame. But it's going to be difficult for the Irish to advance past Maryland without her.
Tuesday's regional final came down to a spectacular showdown between Alyssa Thomas and Shoni Schimmel. Maryland emerged the winner, preventing Thomas from joining a long list of great players who never reached a Final Four.