Now, Notre Dame will try again to clear that final hurdle.
The Fighting Irish are eyeing a third straight run to the NCAA championship game, and this time they hope to capture the title after coming up short the past two years.
With senior guard Skylar Diggins leading the way, Notre Dame (31-1) won the Big East tournament for the first time after going undefeated in conference play during the regular season and earned the top seed in the Norfolk region. The Irish's only loss was to Baylor, the team that beat them in the championship game last year.
Forward Natalie Achonwa says the Irish "still have that bitter taste" from losing two straight finals.
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