Emotional exit for Irish seniors
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April 4, 2012

DENVER -- The manner in which Notre Dame's seniors walked off the court Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center told the story of one game. Their bowed heads, slumped shoulders and quick gait amidst the fa...
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67Kolbe 
"When Irish Eyes Are Crying" - No one cares!!! LMAO
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CavGirl1 
Sure dont
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trivfun 
I think the 10 second line needs to be instituted. The better won the finals. But really, it should have been Connecticut in the finals. Notre Dame's guards were a bit shaky with the ball in the last 2 minutes of regulation but with no 10 second call at mid-court, they relaxed in that overtime and forced Connecticut to defend them.
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CavGirl1 
Agreed
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ericirish1-24-09 
notre dame beat Connecticut 3 out 4 times. ND deserved it, but in all honesty, Baylor would of beat UConn just as bad probably. They were the best team in the country and proved that.
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CavGirl1 
ND is afraid of big stages. They got beat by an inferior team in A&M, that was their only chance. They beat UConn twice in the Regular Season, and failed to give Muffet her 1st BE Tourney Title. NDs only objective this season was to "BEAT UCONN" and throw away Championships, and that they did. Lol
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67Kolbe 
Very questionable "No-Call" at end of regulation. ESPN only showed one view of Diggin's drive with 10 seconds left, so it was hard to tell if it was a blocking or charging foul. Either way it was a foul!! DeMayo, the male official, was the one who did not make the call. He was terrible the entire game bunch of bad calls and no-calls against both teams. I think he was terrifed to make the call because which ever coach the call went against was going to give him grief. "Gutless" DeMayo lacks the testicular fortitude to make the hard calls
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TwoCentsWorth25 
Sorry--but this was not a strong coaching effort. She allowed her team to play undisciplined, and sat and watched while they threw up too many poorly selected, desperation shots--too early in the game. She should have pulled out Skylar Diggins to calm her down midway through the 2nd half...they would have at least had a fighting chance. Watching all of the airballs, passes into traffic---what a disappointing showing in a National Championship game. Great coach--poor performance.
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MSUstudent31 
How could she pull Diggins? How would that have helped?..That would have only made things worse. She was the only one playing like she wasn't scared to death.
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ericirish1-24-09 
She had to put players in their that never usually play in games like Wright and Miller and expected quality minutes, if Peters wouldnt of been in foul trouble they outcome would of been MUCH different.
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Fighting Artichoke 
Very touching article, Mr. Hays. I've enjoyed your articles this season, and this one was perfect. I will miss these graduating women. I, like Muffet, wish that they could go out on a better note, both for selfish reasons (Go ND!) and just because I feel for these young women. Indeed, they are leaving the program in much better condition than it was in when they arrived.
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Appleby590 
It is too bad that the seniors did not get a fair shake from the refs--Griner had one foul called on her the whole game, while the ND players covering her--Peters, Ochanwa, and others--had 11. It was clear they were protecting the star player, but of course ND cannot say that publicly. You would think that in a championship game you would get a better called game from the referees.
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CavGirl1 
Novosel played in the CShip game? I didnt see her, did she score?!
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ericirish1-24-09 
ehhhh Novosel still shot a a lot of free throws and missed half of them. i think she got to the line 10 times. she just couldn't hit a jumper, very unlike her.
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67Kolbe 
Now ND fans know how it feels - Novosel all season long received the benefit of the officials calls on her out-control drives that should have been called charges 75% of the time. Novosel had no one to charge into against Baylor, Griner was just waiting to swat her shots away. Novosel's new nickname - "O-fer"
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ericirish1-24-09 
Exactly, anytime she was touched on the block they called a foul. I don't know who was on her Dic.k harder, the refs or Doris Burke.
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DaleE4Life 
Baylor may have been the better but the Fighting Irish had no fighting chance on the BULLS.H.I.T. calls against Griner and for Griner!!!!! They protected the BEST star UNLIKE in many other sports!!!!
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Fighting Artichoke 
I don't think the refs were lopsided in their calls. You can't expect them to be perfect, and complaining about them only attempts to taint the Lady Bears' dominating victory. The game may have been closer if some calls went differently or some whistles weren't blown, but Baylor was clearly the better team last night, much to my chagrin.
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willie m 
Notre Dame perimeter players were no match for Griner's dominance in the low post. Her presence and getting Peters in early foul trouble simply was too much to overcome. when the Bears went on a 25pt run midway thru 2nd half you could just see it was not their day. Congrats to this senior class for competing hard and for bringing some life to women's college basketball. Losing the last game two years in a row certainly is a tough way to go but in each case they simply lost to a better team tonight.
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Legs-Diamond 
Pretty good game. Despite the score, Notre Dame had chances to come back in the second half. What killed the Irish is that their talented post player Devereaux Peters got in immediate foul trouble and played an unbelievable 15 minutes. I wish the NCAA would raise the foul limit to 6. Who really wants to see teams win or lose depending on whether a player fouls out? In this case, if Peters were able to stay in, the game would have been more entertaining. Congratulations to the Bears. Britney Griner is almost insurmountable. Opponents have to focus so much attention on her that her teammates end up with easy shots and offensive rebounds, and can gamble on defense. Stanford definitely had the best defense with the Ogwumike sisters. For its part Notre Dame, minus the foul trouble (and the off shooting day from the otherwise amazing Natalie Novosel) could have pulled the upset.
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scarfoot@mac.com 
I was a Baylor Lady Bear Fan at the game tonight. Thanks for helping me appreciate the depth and strength of this wonderful Notre Dame team. They need not hang their heads.
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konsumers 
This is absolutely correct, ND will now attract some recruits that may not ever had thought of coming to Notre Dame. The national exposure these last couple of years is huge for them.
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WQ1C 
I highly concur. Everyone knew about Baylor, but I don't think many really knew about Notre Dame. Even though they lost tonight, they should be very proud of what was accomplished this season. The Notre Dame women's basketball program will be forever changed, and for the better, for what these women have done. My hats off to you, ladies. You have my deepest respect.
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