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Lady Griz Preparing for Big Challenge against #1 Seeded Notre Dame

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It's well established how rare it is for a 16 seed to beat a number one seed. So rare in fact, it's only happened once in the NCAA tournament, and that wasn't in the last decade.  While Montana is the big underdog no matter how you slice it, Notre Dame knows they can't overlook the Lady Griz.

"We're practicing like every game is a big game, you can't overlook anyone, and you can't take anyone for granted," said Fighting Irish junior guard Jewell Loyd.  "We just want to play our basketball,"  

While Notre Dame tries not to overlook a sixteen seed, the Lady Griz are looking forward to the big stage.  A number one seeded team is exciting in itself, but over close to 9 thousand fans are expected to watch Fridays game.

"They're a tough team obviously," said Lady Griz senior forward Maggie Rickman. "They have a huge home court advantage, and yeah we'll be awe-struck but I think it will be good.  Seeing the fans and looking around and realizing how big this game is, i think it's awesome and you can't think of anything better for us to come to,"

"The crowd atmosphere is going to be really fun, it's 3 times as many people as we have, and it will be different to have them rooting against us, but I think it will be a ton of fun and we can't wake for the game to just get here already," said Lady Griz senior guard Kellie Rubel.

While the fighting Irish boast one of the best players in the country, they are a fairly young squad, and they realize Montana's senior leadership gives them certain advantages.

"Montana is a very experienced and disciplined team," said Fighting Irish sophomore guard Lindsey Allen. "They move really well on offense, and set really good screens on offense, so it's just about sticking to our principals on defense, and playing our game,"   

The Lady Griz understand how big of an underdog they are, but that doesn't mean they are intimidated by the highly ranked Irish.

"We're not going into this game thinking we're beat before it's started," said Lady Griz senior forward Carly Selvig. "We're going to go in and leave it all out there, and play our hardest.  Looking for that upset, it'd be huge, and we're aware of that.  But we're totally excited for it,"
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