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ND fans watch women punch ticket to Final Four

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It was kind of a slow start to the game, but after half time, things started heating up where folks were watching at O'Rourkes.

Notre Dame really pulled away, winning 87 to 76 after being down by six at halftime.

One person watching the game said it was almost as if the Irish were just toying with Duke the first half and then really unloaded.

Fans say the set up for this game was particularly interesting. They say Baylor's loss on Sunday was a huge game changer for Notre Dame, whether that was added pressure or a better shot at a national title.

Either way, they said they had all the confidence in Muffet McGraw's squad to pull out a win Tuesday and head to the Final Four.

"They had 'the' most dominant player of women's basketball. It was great 'D' that did it. I don't know if it made pressure for Notre Dame, but it opened up a hole for them. I think it's gonna be a good year," says Notre Dame fan Don Malott.

Notre Dame Alum, Roger Holzgrafe says,  "I think there probably is (pressure) and plus they'll play Connecticut is also pressure so It's a tough one."

Fans say, win or lose, it's been another great season for the Notre Dame women.

They've watched the hometown girl, Skylar Diggins, grow and say there are some really great girls on the team both on the court and off.

"The girls are absolutely the best. We watched the practice and after it was over, Skylar came up and shook everyone's hand and talked to them individually," says Notre Dame Alum, Art Dobson.

Holzgrafe says,"They're fantastic. Every one of them is a great player and one of the things about Notre Dame, they're all student athletes, so they're good in the classroom as well."

Baylor may be out, but Notre Dame still on an uphill battle. The Irish play U-Conn next. Fans say they're nervous about that.

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