Ir­ish and Huskies ready for lat­est chap­ter of ri­valry

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

There’s been no bet­ter and more en­ter­tain­ing ri­valry in women’s col­lege bas­ket­ball over the past decade than Notre Dame vs. UConn.

From Bre­anna Ste­wart’s dom­i­nance of the Ir­ish in the Fi­nal Four while UConn won four straight na­tional cham­pi­onships to Arike Ogun­bowale’s last­sec­ond shot in over­time of the na­tional semi­fi­nals last season, th­ese sto­ried pro­grams have gone toeto-toe on the game’s big­gest stage.

This meet­ing has a dif­fer­ent feel: The Ir­ish are the clear fa­vorites.

The top-ranked na­tional cham­pi­ons and No. 2 Huskies play Sun­day in South Bend, Ind., in the Jimmy V Clas­sic.

They’ve played evenly over the past eight sea­sons, split­ting 16 games.

Sun­day’s game, the 58th meet­ing be­tween the top two teams in the AP poll, is sold out.

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