One hundred and thirty-four days ago, Notre Dame and Baylor met with the same goal -- the national championship game -- and the same slogan: unfinished business. Their 2011 seasons had both ended unhappily and both to Texas A&M: Baylor's loss came in the regional final and the Irish fell in the title game.
On that November day in Waco, Texas, the nation's top-ranked teams combined to score 175 points and Baylor won 94-81. The Irish went on to lose twice more: to West Virginia and to UConn in the Big East conference tournament final. Baylor hasn't lost, has never given up that many points again and is on the verge of winning more games than any collegiate team in history.
Notre Dame has the advantage of having already seen Baylor: The Fighting Irish might not have the psychological fear of facing Griner that Stanford's Nneka Ogwumike described. But the Irish face a Baylor team that's vastly improved defensively and has an aura about it: Destiny isn't just the name of the Bears junior forward.
Just as they did in November, Baylor will beat Notre Dame on Tuesday.
Mulkey might be right: Griner doesn't need a championship to validate her career. But she's going to get one.