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.
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.
Forget familiarity. Notre Dame and Connecticut meet for the fourth time this season in Sunday's semifinals, but one team will win not because it knows its opponent better, but because it knows itself better.
Through most of this season, it was never clear who the Huskies could count on to lead the way. But Tuesday, with a very animated Geno Auriemma spearheading the effort, UConn jelled to win the Big East tourney title.
Skylar Diggins put together one of the greatest Final Four performances of all time in front of the head coach she wanted to play for, the assistant coach she wanted to be like and the home-state crowd she wanted to play in front of as a collegian.