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Baylor, Notre Dame set to play with trip to Final Four on the line

  • Baylor guard Odyssey Sims, left, and Chardonae Fuqua' talk while waiting for practice Sunday, March 30, 2014, in their locker room in preparation for the NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional final game against Notre Dame on Monday in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Baylor guard Odyssey Sims, left, and Chardonae Fuqua' talk while waiting for practice Sunday, March 30, 2014, in their locker room in preparation for the NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional final game against Notre Dame on Monday in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

  • Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey smiles while talking about their NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional final game against Notre Dame on Monday during a news conference at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey smiles while talking about their NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional final game against Notre Dame on Monday during a news conference at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

  • Baylor guard Odyssey Sims places a name plate for teammate Sune Agbuke, spelled incorrectly on the card, before a news conference, Sunday, March 30, 2014 to talk about their NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional final game against Notre Dame on Monday at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Baylor guard Odyssey Sims places a name plate for teammate Sune Agbuke, spelled incorrectly on the card, before a news conference, Sunday, March 30, 2014 to talk about their NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional final game against Notre Dame on Monday at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

Muffet McGraw and Notre Dame have been on a journey all season to get back to the Final Four.

They've met every challenge, running through the season unbeaten.

With a victory over Baylor on Monday night, the Irish will join a select group of schools to make four straight Final Fours. Only UConn, LSU, Stanford, Louisiana Tech and Tennessee have accomplished that feat.

Standing in the way is a plucky young Baylor team led by senior guard Odyssey Sims. Coach Kim Mulkey didn't know what to expect from her team which lost two-time AP Player of the year Brittney Griner and four other seniors. Sims, who helped guide the Lady Bears to a national championship and 40-0 season as a sophomore, would love to get them to Nashville.