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Notre Dame began to believe during 2-week stretch

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Notre Dame began to believe during 2-week stretch
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2014 file photo, Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw yells to her team in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee, in Knoxville, Tenn. Notre Dame and Connecticut are on an unprecedented collision course to meet in the national championship game. First, the two unbeaten teams will have to win their national semifinal games before the historic matchup can take place. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame began believing this season could be something special after a big comeback win and keeping an opponent from getting one.

The Fighting Irish (36-0) say they began thinking about the possibility of an undefeated season after that tough stretch that saw them rally to win at Tennessee and hold off a second-half comeback by Maryland and then a win at Duke.

Jewell Loyd says the strong performance by the bench against Tennessee is when the Irish could see all the pieces coming together. Lindsay Allen says after winning those three games the Irish realized they had a chance to go undefeated.

The Irish will face Maryland (28-6) again on Sunday in the NCAA semifinal in Nashville, Tenn. In the other semifinal, Stanford (33-3) faces Connecticut (38-0).

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