The Irish are playing in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Challenge in November, the same tournament that UConn played in this season.
Notre Dame will host Holy Cross on Nov. 23, Harvard on Nov. 24 and Quinnipiac on Nov. 25 before playing Kansas at Mohegan Sun Arena on Nov. 30.
Can You Hear Me Now?
As soon as the national championship game ended, UConn's self-imposed ban on social media participation, among other team in-season disciplines (like no nail polish), was lifted until the start of practice next season.
This is one of the major differences between Notre Dame and UConn. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw allows her players to use social media, and wearing green nail polish is considered part of the uniform.
"It's not a factor at all," Stefanie Dolson said. "First of all, as seniors, you get used to it. You just don't really care. And for us, I think it's a benefit. I mean, it takes away from the distractions. I think social media is such a narcissistic thing. I think people do it for themselves and to kind of get themselves out there."
"And I think for us it just takes away that attraction and makes us focus on what we're doing and why we're here in college, is to play basketball, not to go on social media and boast about ourselves."
When A Foul Is Not A Foul
UConn has been called for the fewest fouls in the nation (459) this season. In comparison, its opponents have been whistled 616 times. That had resulted in a huge disparity in free throw attempts heading into the national championship. UConn had taken 633, its opponents only 339.
"Yeah, I think it's amazing. They committed the fewest fouls in the nation. So they can be a really physical team and yet not manage to foul," McGraw said. "We don't really worry about the refs, how they're going to call the game. We're going to react accordingly. That's not a huge issue for us."
This created some interesting conversation prior to Tuesday's game, especially because Auriemma is aware that Bria Hartley's only three career disqualifications all came against Notre Dame.
Auriemma used to complain about exactly the same thing last year about Notre Dame's ability to constantly draw fouls against the Huskies.
"As far as the foul part, the only thing more amazing than that, than how we've committed so few fouls, is how many free throws they've shot against us in the last three years; that only one team in America gets to shoot free throws against us," Auriemma said. "You want to talk about amazing, that's amazing."
On Tuesday, Notre Dame was called for 14 fouls, UConn 12. The Huskies had 15 free throws, Notre Dame 10.
Hartley Finishes Strong
Bria Hartley played in her 153rd game on Tuesday, sixth all-time at UConn. But she will leave leading the program in minutes played after logging another 38 minutes in the semifinal win over Stanford. Hartley played 4,731 minutes in her career.
Hartley, who scored 13 points, fell six shy of become just the eighth UConn player to reach 2,000. She would have joined Maya Moore (3,036), Tina Charles (2,346), Nykesha Sales (2,178), Kerry Bascom (2,177), Diana Taurasi (2,156), Kara Wolters (2,141) and Rebecca Lobo (2,133). ... Auriemma is hosting his second Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference on Oct. 22-23. The theme is "Leading for Innovation and Change." Registration is open now. The event is co-hosted by the UConn School of Business. Go to http://www.genoleadership.com for information. … Central Missouri State University, a Division II school, also won men's and women's basketball championships in 1984. … All three major NCAA divisions had undefeated national champions — Bentley (35-0) in Division II and FDU-Florham (33-0) in Division III.