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Irish eager for rematch after mismatch with Baylor

Published: Friday, Aug. 28 2015 2:14 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) 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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