Terps look to give the Irish their first loss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WUSA9) -- The Maryland Women want to take down Goliath. The undefeated Notre Dame team that stands in their way of playing in the National Championship Game Tuesday night.

The Terps played the fighting Irish in January and nearly won. Now that team will be without their leading rebounder Natalie Achonwa.

Maryland women know all they can do is control themselves. They've been on a streak, winning eight of their last nine games ,including beating Lousiville for their trip to the final four.

However, most people think the last two standing will be Notre Dame and undefeated Uconn. The Terps think otherwise.

"That's what everybody expects for them to be undefeated and meet up with each other I mean we're here to crash the party and I know Standford is too," Alyssa Thomas said.

"We've come off two great wins as a team I think altogether as a team we're stronger, we're mentally stronger we're physically stronger and have a lot of confidence going into tomorrow," Lexie Brown said.

Head coach Brenda Frese keeps her team confident. She's been here before and shares with the girls not to let the hype of the tournament be a distraction.

Two of her former players, who were with her on the 2006 national championship team are here in Nashville to support coach They think the Terps can pull an upset.

"Tournament time anything can happen so obviously Notre Dame got hit with their injury just something Maryland will have to take advantage of," Kristi Toliver, a former Terp said.

Saturday we watched all the Maryland faithful who made the trip to Music City to cheer on the team, including the tiniest Terp fans, Jackson and Emerson, in their Maryland onesies.

"I think my favorite story in high school she got a black eye from my uncle Wayne playing basketball. We went out to our game and she had to have her head taped. She looked like Spuds Mcakenzie the dog. Even the crowd was yelling spud, spud, spud and had the game of her life dropped about 30 points on a team and nothing ever rattled her," Marsha Frese, Brenda's sister said.


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