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 nation's most efficient offense meets the country's top defense when Notre Dame and UConn collide in a championship game featuring two perfect teams. What will be the X factors? Which backcourt will rule? We break it down.
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.