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Notre Dame's final effort of tremendous season 'was a major disappointment on the big stage'

alstein of SB Nation's Notre Dame site One Foot Down summarized Notre Dame's 79-58 loss to UConn with justifiably harsh words for the Fighting Irish after an almost undefeated season.

...after halftime, it was all Connecticut, as the Irish went ice cold from the field and assembled a collection of some of the worst turnovers they have committed all season. They had too few options to turn to offensively and remained uncharacteristically flat-footed throughout. The lack of energy was surprising and brutally evident with defensive possession after defensive possession featuring a slow rotation leading to an easy Husky bucket. There are only so many ways to describe how thoroughly Connecticut dominated this game...But make no mistake about it, with or without Achonwa, this final effort was a major disappointment on the big stage.

Most disappointing - or impressive, if you're a Huskies fan - was that "Jewell Loyd was largely invisible", save for a few plays in the first half where she was able to use her considerable athletic ability to get to the rim. But UConn shut off even that bright spot in the second half, holding the entire Notre Dame team to six free throw attempts.

For more on the game, check out the recap at One Foot Down. For more on the tournament, check out our 2014 Final Four storystream.