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Besides, it could be a historic weekend.

UConn (36-1) is trying to become the third team to win three straight NCAA titles. Tennessee won three in a row from 1996 to 1998, a mark the Huskies matched from 2002-04. This will also mark the end of Maya Moore’s incredible career. The second four-time All-American in history reached 3,000 points against Duke on Tuesday night.

To win the title, they’ll have to get past homestate favorite and Big East rival Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish (30-7) ended a 20-game losing streak against Tennessee to reach the Final Four, and now get UConn for the fourth time this season. The Huskies swept the previous three games _ and they’ll be at a home-court disadvantage.

“You don’t like it, but you can’t avoid it,” coach Geno Auriemma said of the matchup. “When you get to the Final Four, you’re going to have to play somebody really, really good. And so are they.”

If any team understands the opportunity that comes with playing the same team four times, it’s Texas A&M.

The Aggies (31-5) lost three times this season to Baylor, but won the game that mattered most _ the Dallas Regional final. Leading scorer Danielle Adams is the first All-American in school history and coach Gary Blair has Final Four experience with Arkansas.

Texas A&M draws VanDerveer’s Cardinal (33-2), who are making a fourth straight Final Four appearance. Stanford hasn’t won a title since 1992, but ended UConn’s record 90-game winning streak in December and comes to town with two players _ Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen _ who are determined to go out winners.

“More than anything, it’s not about me or me going back there but what I feel is to be able to be going with this team,” VanDerveer said. “To share this four times with Jeanette and Kayla.”

Whatever happens, Faris wants people to leave with a better idea of what Indiana is all about _ basketball.

“I don’t live on a farm. I’m more the basketball girl in the driveway,” she said. “When people think of Indiana, they think corn. For me, it’s more than that. It’s home. It’s where I feel comfortable. My shell. It’s the home of basketball.”

And now the women’s Final Four.