Irish eager for rematch after mismatch with Baylor

By Arnie Stapleton

Associated Press

Published: Monday, April 2 2012 3:17 p.m. MDT

Notre Dame forward Devereaux Peters (14), Connecticut guard Kelly Faris (34) Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa (11) Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson (31) Connecticut forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (23) vie for a lose ball during the first half of the NCAA women's Final Four semifinal college basketball game, in Denver, Sunday, April 1, 2012.

David Zalubowski, Associated Press

DENVER — There's probably never been a duo more eager to face Baylor superstar Brittney Griner than Notre Dame post players Devereaux Peters and Natalie Achonwa.

The Fighting Irish (35-3) and Lady Bears (39-0) meet Tuesday night in the national championship, a rematch Peters and Achonwa have been dreaming of for months after their first meeting back in November was such a mismatch.

The teams squared off in the preseason WNIT final, with the Lady Bears winning in Waco 94-81 behind Griner's 32 points on 14-of-18 shooting, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Peters, plagued by foul trouble, and Achonwa, hobbled by a balky right knee in her first game back from a torn meniscus, combined to make just 3 of 15 shots for 6 points.

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