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“This is the game we look at and say, `How far do we have to go to be ready for March?” McGraw said. “What do we need to improve on? I don’t think you learn as much about your team when you win by 30 or 40 points.”

Notre Dame senior Brittany Mallory is looking forward to the test.

“We’re excited for this weekend, it’s a big rivalry and a great game between us,” she said. “We’ll be ready.”