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Irish Insights


Irish set to take on Catamounts

The Notre Dame women's basketball team will be tipping off against Vermont in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament shortly in Purcell Pavilion.

The women's game caps a very busy day around Irish athletics, as football coach Brian Kelly spoke at a College Hall of Fame luncheon and the football team held its Pro Day in the afternoon.

The second-seeded Irish (28-5) and 10th-seeded Catamounts (27-6) will be trying to move on to the Sweet 16 in the Kansas City region. The winner of tonight's game will face either Arkansas-Little Rock or Oklahoma, which play each other at 9:45 p.m. today in Norman, Okla.

Notre Dame will try to keep Vermont guards May Kotsopoulus and Courtnay Pilypaitis in check in tonight's game.

"Size is the biggest concern," Irish coach Muffet McGraw said of defending the 6-foot-1 Pilypaitis and 5-10 Kotsopoulus. "Pilypaitis is 6-1 and has a pretty good frame. Put her next to (5-9) Skylar (Diggins) and she looks a lot bigger. That's a concern of how we are going to guard them."

Vermont will be looking to limit Notre Dame to only one offensive chance each trip down the court.

"They have very strong post players and do an amazing job with second-chance opportunities," Kotsopoulos said.

Probable starting lineups

Notre Dame: Center Erica Williams, guard Skylar Diggins, guard Ashley Barlow, guard Melissa Lechlitner and guard Lindsay Schrader

Vermont: Center Alissa Sheftic, guard Sofia Iwobi, guard Kendra Seto, guard May Kotsopoulus and guard Courtnay Pilypaitis