DENVER, Colo. - It's time to crown a new national championship. For Notre Dame, this is familiar territory of sorts. Only, this time instead of being considered the team to beat, the Irish enter with the underdog mentality.
"Last season everyone was saying how we were the team to beat and that Texas A&M was an easy win - they were a good team," Skylar Diggins told the media yesterday. "Now most people are putting us as the underdogs. They say things like, 'If anyone can beat them, it's Notre Dame', but they aren't calling us the favorites."
Those favorites are in the form of 39-0 and top-ranked Baylor.
"We talk about it every day that we're almost 40-0," Jordan Madden said. "We go into practice and Coach Mulkey reminds us all the time how close we are to being 40-0."
But the Lady Bears know there's work to be done.
"We have the chance tomorrow night to make history, but we know that we still have to play hard," Odyssey Sims said. "Like Coach has been telling us all year, it doesn't matter waht kind of record you have, we could lose 15 to 20 games but if we come here and win a national championship the record doesn't matter. That goes without saying, so coming in tomorrow night we are 0-0."
Both teams have been using the slogan "unfinished business" this season. We'll see in about two hours who comes away with the win, the trophy, the nets and finish what they started.