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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

5 keys for Notre Dame vs. UConn

UConn is 40 minutes away from a third national title in a row and record 10th championship.

The Huskies are favored as they were a season ago so what does Notre Dame have to do to end the Huskies' championship reign.

Here are my five keys for the UConn

1. Get to the basket: When Stanford handed UConn its only loss of the season a major key was the ability of guards Amber Orrange and Lili Thompson to beat UConn's guards off the dribble getting not only points but also drawing fouls on the Huskies.

2. Get into the bench: UConn's big four of Breanna Stewart, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck could be as talented of a quartet as the Huskies have had or at least since the Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi led 2002 team. However, when Tuck and Kia Nurse fouled out against Stanford, it killed the Huskies.

3. Find Mosqueda-Lewis in transition: One aspect of watching this team in the last four years that blows my mind is how teams don't account for Mosqueda-Lewis as the trailer on the break. If I were to make a guess I would say that of her NCAA Division I women's record 396 3-pointers, I would say that 25-30 percent of her 3-pointers came as a trailer on the break.

4. Slow down Tuck: When the teams met in the regular season Notre Dame had no answer for Morgan Tuck. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said the redshirt sophomore is the second-best player on the UConn team.

5. Get help for Loyd: During the first meeting of the season, Jewell Loyd attempted 27 shots and too many of her teammates were not factors. The Fighting Irish will need the supporting cast to step up in a major way if Notre Dame is going to score enough points to stay with the Huskies.

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