Our team is on a business trip

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Coach Muffet McGraw and Skylar Diggins are headed for their third straight Final Four together.

Words cannot express how proud I am at this moment to be a member of Notre Dame WBB right now. Three straight trips to the Final Four! However, it was no easy task ...

My teammates and I had to fight through some adversity on Tuesday night versus a tough Duke squad. After a shaky first-half performance, we went into the locker room and regrouped, discussing what was working for us along with areas where we could improve. Coach told us that we needed to show more effort. Receiving the message, our team was anxious to come out in the second half with a greater sense of urgency on both ends.

To say we were a different team in the second half might be an understatement. After pressing on offense much of the first half, we finally settled into the game and got into an offensive rhythm. We played as a team and made a great comeback. When it was all over I went and hugged Coach, so happy that we will be making our third straight trip to the Final Four together.

Now we are in New Orleans and excited about the opportunity to compete for a national championship! We are preparing for a busy week, filled with a lot of practice, film and media (and hopefully eating, because the food here is amazing). Ultimately, this is a business trip for my team and me. At the same time, as we continue on this wonderful journey, I encourage every one of my teammates to enjoy this experience and to take it all in ... I know I will!