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.
It's a game for nothing but will be played like it's for everything. It's a game between teams with an unusual scarcity of weak links. And it's a matchup made all the sweeter for Notre Dame simply because Devereaux Peters is there to play in it.
Not many Indiana natives have played women's hoops at Notre Dame. But in Ashley Barlow, coach Muffet McGraw not only found a local superstar; she's also a player willing to fill whatever role the Irish need.