- Associated Press - Monday, April 2, 2012

DENVER (AP) - Unfinished business.

It’s been the mantra for both Notre Dame and Baylor all year. Now, one of them will cut down the nets following the women’s national title game Tuesday night.

The Irish beat Connecticut 83-75 in overtime Sunday night, and the Lady Bears topped Stanford 59-47 in the nightcap at the Pepsi Center.

Baylor and Notre Dame met way back in November, with Associated Press Player of the Year Brittney Griner collecting 32 points and 14 rebounds in the Lady Bears’ 94-81 victory.

“It’s going to be a good game,” Griner said. “We beat them earlier in the season, but we’ve got to get ready because this is the game they really want. So it’s going to be laid out on the floor.”

Natalie Novosel scored 20 points to help the Irish reach the championship for the second straight year. They lost 76-70 to Texas A&M in the title game last year in Indianapolis.

Griner led a balanced, efficient Baylor offense with 13 points. The Lady Bears will attempt to become the first basketball team in NCAA history to go 40-0.

The Irish just want to finish 36-3.

“There’s definitely some unfinished business,” Novosel said. “That seems to be a common theme for everyone this year.”

Indeed, the Lady Bears even put it on green rubber bracelets to constantly remind them of their failure to even reach the Final Four a year ago.

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey had the saying put up in the locker room, on notebooks and even handed out hundreds of those silicon wristband reminders to everyone associated with the program.

She isn’t the slightest bit encouraged by the Lady Bears’ earlier victory against the Irish.

“You don’t have comfort,” Mulkey said. “There’s never comfort in this business. You go to the film room tonight and you get ready for the next game.”

Both teams are seeking their second national championship. Notre Dame won it all in 2001 and Baylor did it in 2005.

“Since we’re in the national championship game, we have to finish it now,” Baylor guard Kimetria Hayden said.

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