Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw had not-so-kind words for Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma in Monday's press conference previewing the NCAA championship between the two teams. The Irish (37-0) meet the Huskies (39-0) on Tuesday in the first title-game matchup of undefeated teams in Women's NCAA Tournament history. McGraw didn't mince words when asked to evaluate her relationship with Auriemma. "We don't have a relationship," McGraw said. "I think that (the civility) got lost. When we were in the same conference (the Big East) I think there was a modicum of it but I think after beating them and not feeling any respect from that, we lost something." It also isn't a priority for McGraw to rebuild the bridge and reconnect with Auriemma. "That would be difficult," McGraw said. McGraw continued: "I think there was always some mutual respect when we first started and I like to think that is still there on our part." A reporter asked if hate was a word that could be described at the feelings between the programs at the moment. "I think that is a fair assumption," McGraw said. "I think it is a fierce rivalry." Notre Dame defeated Maryland and UConn topped Stanford in Sunday's Final Four to reach the title game.
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