A commenter on the game thread at SBN's RockyTopTalk probably explained the Tennessee Lady Vols' 73-59 loss to Notre Dame in the Elite Eight best: "All the problems of the Baby Vols on display here. Lack. Of. Focus. Lack. Of. Execution."
It pretty much sums up a year in which Lady Vols fans had high hopes but their own mistakes often did them in. Tonight, Tennessee's inability to establish themselves inside was ultimately the big story in the game. Whether you attribute that to Notre Dame defense or poor play by Tennessee's perimeter players, the bottom line is that while Notre Dame packed it in, Tennessee settled for jumpshots and in shooting only 32.8 percent for the game - including 4-for-19 from the three point line - never forced the defense to do anything different.
But Notre Dame isn't a one-dimensional defensive team either - Skylar Diggins had a strong game after a rocky start with 24 points, four steals, and four assists while Natalie Novosel had 17 points, five assists, and one turnover. Tennessee was led by Taber Spani and Shekinna Stricklen with 13 points apiece.