Two undefeated teams will enter. One will leave. UConn (39-0) meets Notre Dame (37-0) for the national title on Tuesday night in a battle to see which team gets to keep their goose egg.
Notre Dame started hot and never stopped against upstart Maryland. The Cinderella story of this ball, Maryland had upset higher seeds at every turn to land in the final four, but their was no fairy godmother to rescue them from a 87-61 pounding from the Irish at Bridgestone Stadium in Nashville on Sunday afternoon.
Notre Dame owned the court, outrebounding the normally dominant Terrapins, 50-21, both the largest margin and lowest number of rebounds by a team in Final Four history.
First-team all-American Notre Dame senior forward Kayla McBride scored a game leading 28 points with seven boards and two assists.
The second game of the day started more slowly with top-seeded UConn trailing second seed Stanford for a season high 12 minutes before charging forward and never looking back on their way to a 75-56 victory. The Cardinal taught a bricklaying clinic in the second half, shooting only 38 percent.
UConn is one game away from a fifth undefeated season and record-setting ninth championship. With scoring threats at every position, UConn was lead by sophomore forward Breanna Stewart (18 points), junior forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (15 points, five rebounds) and senior guard Bria Hartley (13 points, five rebounds and four assists).
The Fighting Irish battle it out with the UConn Huskies, Tuesday, April 8, at 8pm. Only one team can finish this season undefeated.