Griner was unstoppable. She had 32 points and 14 rebounds, making 14 of her 18 shots with five blocks. Odyssey Sims had 25 points in that win.
"They won the first matchup, but we're too different teams now," Diggins said. "We've both gotten a lot better."
The biggest difference for Baylor is that the supporting cast has jumped in. While Griner and Sims had quiet nights in the Lady Bears' 59-47 victory over Stanford in the national semifinals, other players stepped up.
While the Lady Bears were able to slowly pull away from the Cardinal, Notre Dame had to pull out a thrilling, 83-75 overtime victory over rival Connecticut. Seniors Natalie Novosel, Devereaux Peters and Brittany Mallory all made big plays to help the Irish.
Now they are one victory away from winning the school's second national championship, joining the 2001 team.
"I would love for them to go out national champions," McGraw said. "It's really special. For this group, it's been a special group as long as they've been here. We've treasured every moment this year and I'll be sad to see them go."