Notre Dame got a little help from the home crowd and got off to a ridiculously hot start Saturday to remain a perfect 35-0 and advance past Oklahoma State into the regional finals.
Jewell Loyd, Kayla McBride and Natalie Achonwa led Notre Dame past Oklahoma State on Saturday and into the Elite Eight.
Notre Dame's athletic department sits in a more challenging position Friday than it did Thursday. As athletic director Jack Swarbrick sees it, things probably will not be getting easier any time soon.
Devereaux Peters can take comfort in the fact that her last home game was not her last college game. Notre Dame beat Cal 73-62, and the top-seeded Irish moved to the Sweet 16.
Freshman Brittany Boyd had butterflies heading into her first NCAA tournament game. By the time it was over, the point guard had helped lead Cal into the second round.
She led Notre Dame to the NCAA title game last spring, becoming a national star with 120,000 Twitter followers in the process. But things haven't really changed for Skylar Diggins.