SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame began believing this season could be something special after a big comeback win and keeping an opponent from getting one.
The Fighting Irish (36-0) say they began thinking about the possibility of an undefeated season after that tough stretch that saw them rally to win at Tennessee and hold off a second-half comeback by Maryland and then a win at Duke.
Jewell Loyd says the strong performance by the bench against Tennessee is when the Irish could see all the pieces coming together. Lindsay Allen says after winning those three games the Irish realized they had a chance to go undefeated.
The Irish will face Maryland (28-6) again on Sunday in the NCAA semifinal in Nashville, Tenn. In the other semifinal, Stanford (33-3) faces Connecticut (38-0).