By Richard Deitsch
April 08, 2014
Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma and the Fighting Irish's Muffet McGraw have made no secret of their feelings for one another.
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While the tension between the coaches was at DEFCON 1 on Monday, the players are friendly off the court and Irish All-America guard Kayla McBride spent Monday praising Auriemma, who coached her at a USA Basketball camp this summer. (Auriemma has been similarly generous in the past when describing McBride's game, which is worthy of such praise.) Said McBride: "I like most of their players and have respect for them but as a player on Notre Dame, I dislike them."

Breanna Stewart looks to add another trophy to her case after winning the AP player of the year award.
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"There needs to be more games like Connecticut and Notre Dame where the intensity level is that high, where you have so many good players on the floor playing at a real high level," said Auriemma, who is 8-0 in championship games. "Whether Connecticut wins or Notre Dame wins, women's basketball come Wednesday morning will be better off for what happens than if it had never happened."

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