1 Notre Dame (35-3) vs 1 Baylor (36-1)
Sunday, April 7th, 6:00 p.m.ET, ESPN
ND: Muffet McGraw, 31st season
Baylor: Kim Mulkey, 17th season
ND: The defending national champions are the best offensive team in the country. They haven’t lost a game since February 7. Arike Ogunbowale has continued her success late in the game, including scoring 11 points in the final five minutes of the Irish’s Final Four win over UCONN. Their starters all average double-digits points per game.
Marina Mabrey (12.5)
Jackie Young (15.1)
Brianna Turner (14.4)
Jessica Shepard (16.8)
Arike Ogunbowale (21.5)
Baylor: They entered the tournament as the number one overall seed and proved why. Their first four games they beat their opponents by an average of 38.2 points. Oregon gave them a good fight but could not pull of the upset of the Lady Bears. Baylor also won their game over Oregon without making a three-pointer. Like Notre Dame, they have not lost a game in awhile. December 15, 2018 to be exact. Baylor has the seventh-best offense and the 10th-best defense. All but one of their starters average in double-digits points per game, similar to the Irish as well.
Chloe Jackson (11.3)
DiDi Richards (7.2)
Juicy Landrum (11.2)
Lauren Cox (13.2)
Kalani Brown (15.7)
This matchup is a rematch of the 2012 National Championship game where Baylor beat Notre Dame 80-61.
Since that 2012 game, McGraw and Mulkey had been the last two female head coaches to meet in the National Championship. With the same two schools, same goal for each, they will make it happen again tomorrow night.
ESPN’s Basketball Power Index has Notre Dame with a 53% chance to win the title.