Notre Dame Basketball: Five Keys to Beating Connecticut for the Title

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Mar 29, 2015; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Lindsay Allen (15) handles the ball against Baylor Bears guard Kristy Wallace (4) during the second half the finals of the Oklahoma City regional of the 2015 women

Allen has to be part of the offensive game

Against Baylor in this tournament, Lindsay Allen scored 23 points–most in an unreal first half of shooting–to help push past Baylor into the Final Four. Against South Carolina in the Final Four matchup?


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Notre Dame can’t expect to beat Connecticut without a hefty contribution from Allen. She won’t need to post a 30 point game (it wouldn’t hurt though), but she needs to take pressure off of Loyd and keep the Huskies from keying in on the All-American. The other factor will be Allen staying on the floor. She as well as Brianna Turner fouled out against the Gamecocks in the closing moments.

The result in that game was a one-point survival to get to this one. Without Allen, or Turner for that matter on the floor–this becomes a near impossible achievement to attain. She needs to be aggressive, look to draw fouls, and score her points however she can.

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