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Irish and Huskies. What else would you expect?

POSTED April 05, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TAMPA: It’s UConn versus Notre Dame.

Of course it is. Why would we have it any other way? Sure, a lot of programs around the country might want it to be somebody else, but if that’s what the other teams around the nation want, get better and get yourself there.

It’s not pre-determined by any means, the way it works is if your team is one of the last two standing, you get to play for the National Championship. Pretty simple, but yet so hard.

The Huskies and Fighting Irish will do battle for the trophy on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. in a game most thought this season would come down to.

Juicy match up on so many levels.

Geno versus Muffet.

Stewart versus Loyd.

The Huskies moved on with a relatively easy 81-58 win over Maryland behind 25 points from Breanna Stewart and 24 from Morgan Tuck.

Two programs that don’t really like each other, you could see it in her eyes when Stewart was asked of her favorite memory of playing the rival that has caused them a bunch of grief over the past 10 years.

“My favorite memories are beaten them,” Stewart said. “I think that’s pretty self-explanatory, especially in March. They had our number earlier in the season (in 2013) and then we got the last laugh in March.”

Asked if she thought this was the game was going to be a revenge kind of situation for the Irish, the junior Player of the Year was direct, as always.

“They should,” Stewart said. “I mean, why wouldn’t a team who we’ve beaten twice in the Final Four and then the National Championship game. I’m sure they want to beat us. That’s why we have to make sure that we are really prepared and make sure we are firing on all cylinders.”

Moriah Jefferson, who directed the Huskies with 14 points and five assists, may be looking to send a message herself after a less than stellar game her last time versus the Irish.

“I remember my last game,” Jefferson said, “I didn’t have my best game, but my teammates had incredible games and I think that’s says a lot about our program that on any given night, somebody else can step up. We’re going to come out and just really be focused”

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who had an off night shooting at 1 for 8, but chipped in with seven assists, remembers some incredible battles with the Irish and knows she has another one coming up in less than 48-hours.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge that Notre Dame presents us,” Mosqueda-Lewis said. “Every single time we play them, it’s never a boring game with them. They’re not one of those teams to be intimidated by us and just going to roll over. It’s a team that we have to beat. It’s a team that we have to come out and beat. We have to come out and play aggressively and we have to come out and set the tempo from the get-go.”

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