Both Connecticut and Notre Dame enter Tuesday's game with a perfect record, but one will be handed its first loss of the season in tomorrow's National Championship game.
The championship game will be the first meeting between the two teams this season. In 2013, Notre Dame defeated the Huskies three times before losing to them in the Final Four.
Both teams agree that the rivalry is just another factor that adds to the intensity of the game.
“I love the rivalry. I think it's the one that gets your competitive juices flowing,” said Notre Dame Head Coach Muffet McGraw.
The teams have played 12 times in the past three years and a national championship game provides the perfect setting for UConn guard Bria Hartley.
“Just in my career, I think it's just great that we're able to play them in a National Championship in my senior year, because it's been such a competitive game throughout all the years, and I know we've all enjoyed it,” said Hartley.
The teams have a combined record of 76-0. The National Championship game will take place in Bridgestone Arena at 7:30 p.m., with the game airing on ESPN.