espnW: Big Monday
No. 2 Notre Dame (18-0) looks to keep its undefeated season alive as it takes on No. 6 Maryland (16-2) in College Park (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and WatchESPN). Here are five fast facts about the rivalry.
1. Maryland leads the series 4-2. The Terps won the first meeting 84-62 in January of 1983.
2. The teams last met in the Elite Eight of the 2012 NCAA tournament. Notre Dame won 80-49 and advanced to its second consecutive Final Four. After beating UConn in the semifinal, the Fighting Irish fell to Baylor in the championship game.
3. Maryland beat Note Dame the last time the Irish visited College Park, 75-59 in the Women’s Preseason NIT in November of 2007. It was the schools' first meeting in more than 20 years. Maryland tied a school record with 12 3-pointers in that win.
4. This is Notre Dame’s second straight week playing on “Big Monday.” The Irish beat the Tennessee Lady Vols 86-70 in Knoxville last Monday. Led by Kayla McBride’s 22 points, Notre Dame erased its largest deficit of the season (12) to remain undefeated.
5. The game features four players on the recently released Wooden Award’s Midseason Top 20 list -- Natalie Achonwa, Jewell Loyd and Kayla McBride of Notre Dame and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland.
No. 2 Notre Dame puts its undefeated record on the line tonight against No. 12 Tennessee in Knoxville. (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and WatchESPN). Here are five fast facts about the rivalry.
1. The Lady Vols own a 20-3 career record over the Fighting Irish. Tennessee won the first 20 games between the schools, with Notre Dame finally defeating its orange-clad rivals to punch a ticket to the 2011 Final Four. Including that NCAA tournament victory, the Irish have won the last three meetings.
2. The teams last met on Jan. 26, 2013. Former Notre Dame star Skylar Diggins had a career-high 33 points to lead the Irish to a 77-67 victory.
3. The Lady Vols honored legendary coach Pat Summitt before the 2013 meeting by raising a banner in her honor to the rafters at Thompson-Boling Arena. Many of the Tennessee greats were in attendance, including Candace Parker, Chamique Holdsclaw and Tamika Catchings.
4. Notre Dame held Tennessee to its lowest scoring game in school history on Jan. 23, 2012, beating the Lady Vols 72-44 in South Bend, Ind.
5. There's more to come. Notre Dame and Tennessee are scheduled to play the next two seasons at Purcell Pavilion before returning to Knoxville to complete the four-year contract in 2016-17.