Irish won't let 1 loss ruin 1 great season

By Arnie Stapleton

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, April 4 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Notre Dame forward Markisha Wright (34), Baylor guard Odyssey Sims (0) and Notre Dame guard Brittany Mallory (22) battle for control of the ball during the second half in the NCAA Women's Final Four college basketball championship game, in Denver, Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

Julie Jacobson, Associated Press

DENVER — Skylar Diggins and Kayla McBride can use the "unfinished business" mantra again next season at Notre Dame.

The Irish will need to make up for the loss of seniors Devereaux Peters, Natalie Novosel and Brittany Mallory, a group that won 117 games, including three against perennial power UConn this season.

The trio that helped shake up the Big East came up short Tuesday night against Baylor in the national championship game. The Irish (35-4) were also the national runner-up last year, letting a late lead slip away in a six-point loss to Texas A&M.

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