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Standing in the way is Texas A&M, the national championship newcomer that bullied its way through the tournament behind a relentless defense that didn’t allow more than 50 points until Stanford scored 62 on Sunday night.

Offensively, the Aggies rely on Danielle Adams, who became the first All-America in school history. And their defense is fueled by the harassing guards _ Colson and the other Sydney, Sydney Carter.

“A lot of people, I don’t want to say they fear our defense, but I think they really respect what we do on the defensive end,” Carter said. “And we take so much pride on the defensive end and making people feel uncomfortable and making them do things that they don’t want to do.”

Colson said she expected a physical game against Notre Dame.

“I think they’re just as physical as we are,” she said. “And I think it’s just going to be an all-out battle.”

Colson and Carter will need to contain Diggins to have a chance. With 28 points in the seven-point win over Connecticut, Diggins has become an overnight national sensation. She gained nearly 20,000 new Twitter followers after the victory UConn, helped by a tweet shoutout from rapper Lil Wayne, who has 1.6 million followers.

“It’s crazy,” she said. “I have a lot of young girls following me and asking how I handle different situations. I have to understand that I’m a mentor and a role model and act as such.”

With all the top seeds gone, Texas A&M and Notre Dame both have a chance to seize the moment.

“I think a lot of people were happy to see a different face in the final game,” McGraw said. “I think it’s great what Connecticut’s done for the Big East and for women’s basketball, and I think it’s also great to have some new teams come in and maybe appeal to a lot more people.”