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Final Four Notebook

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Moment of silence: A moment of silence was held prior to the first semifinal in honor of the three soldiers killed and others who were injured in the shooting last week at Fort Hood, TX.

The NCAA also had a video presentation in the second half honoring veterans.

At the half: The Tennessee State University Band of Aristocrats were the halftime entertainment at halftime of the Stanford-Connecticut game.

The band played a medley of songs made popular by Tennessee performers including Dolly Parton, Faith Hill and Miley Cyrus.

Scoring machine: Kayla McBride was on fire in the first half, scored a game-high 19 points. The senior hit 8-of-12 from the field in the half and was 3-for-3 from the free throw line.

McBride's first half scoring was tied for 12th most all time in the Women's Final Four, tying North Carolina's Charlotte Smith, who scored 19 points in the second half as the Tar Heels beat Louisiana Tech 60-59 to win the 1994 championship.

Injury bug: Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa watched Sunday's semifinal from the bench.

Achonwa had torn her ACL near the end of the Fighting Irish's region championship game against Baylor.

During the Connecticut-Stanford game, Achonwa accepted an award from Notre Dame for best field goal percentage this season.

Champs in Tennessee: Stanford won the national championship the only other time the Women's Final Four was held in Tennessee.

The Cardinal beat Auburn in the championship game held at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville in 1990.

On the boards: Maryland was ranked third nationally in rebounding margin at +11.5 margin per game.

However, in the national semifinal against Notre Dame, the Terrapins were outrebounded 50-21.

The 50 rebounds were the most Maryland had allowed in an NCAA Tournament game.

Same ending: For the second time in three seasons, Notre Dame ended the season for Maryland.

The Fighting Irish beat the Terrapins 80-49 in the regional finals in 2012 in Raleigh, NC.

Conference foes: The 2013-14 season was the only season Maryland and Notre Dame were in the Atlantic Coast Conference together.

The Fighting Irish moved from the former Big East this year. Maryland will be moving to the Big Ten Conference next season.

This season was the first for Notre Dame and Connecticut not to be in the same conference.

While Notre Dame moved to the ACC, the Huskies joined the new American Athletic Conference this season.

The Fighting Irish and Huskies played at least once every year from 1996 to 2013. Connecticut won the last game 83-65 played in last year's national semifinal in New Orleans.

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