Outlined against a jet-black Easter Sunday evening sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. Ninety-four years after Death, Destruction, Pestilence and Famine took the names of Stuhldreher, Crowley, Miller and Layden to cement the place of Notre Dame as the most iconic football team in America, Muffet McGraw, Carol Owens, Beth Morgan Cunningham and Niele Ivy took a willing and talented group of women and led them to their own iconic place in NCAA basketball lore. And make no mistake about it. While the senior “glue” to Notre Dame’s national championship team may aspire to a modeling career, there was nothing pretty about the devastation and destruction the Irish left in their path.
In its first season in the ACC, Notre Dame added a conference tournament title to its regular season championship. The Fighting Irish pulled away in the second half to beat second-seeded Duke, 69-53. Notre Dame was led by Jewell Loyd, who scored 26 points. At 32-0, the Fighting Irish extended the best start in school history, while Duke will take a 27-6 record into the upcoming NCAA Tournament.