It’s amazing what a few wins against a chief nemesis can do for a player’s confidence.
While the Huskies were struggling to find the answers late Monday night after losing to Notre Dame for the sixth time in the last seven games in the series, the fearless Irish were oozing confidence and bravado as they sat at the podium.
Here are a couple of snippets from Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw and All-American guard Skylar Diggins …
“We look at each (game) separately, but I think when you look at how many times we’ve played each other it’s really hard not to look at the aggregate,’’ McGraw said. “Gosh, what have we played each other, 13 times in the last like two and a half years? I think I feel like we’re going to find a way to win. We’ve got it rolling right now, and whatever it takes we’re going to find a way to win.’’
“The rivalry with them, if we’re going to lose to somebody, we don’t want to lose to them,’’ Diggins said. “We just tried to stay in it and fight. We’re all competitors, from the head coach all the way down to the end of the bench. We always feel like we can find a way to win. And that’s been the mindset of this team and I think that’s why we exceeded a lot of people’s expectations this year.’’
“I think we found some ways to get stops,’’ Diggins said of the third overtime when Notre Dame outscored UConn 15-6. “We were attacking. We tried to stay aggressive. We’re the Fighting Irish for a reason. And I thought we fought.’’
The teams are expected to meet again in the Big East tournament final at the XL Center March 12. The Huskies lost both regular season games against Notre Dame last season before rallying to win the tournament final.