"Notre Dame is extremely disciplined," Coale said. "I see (up-tempo) styles actually being more of a cancellation and this could turn into a half-court game ... One thing that really concerns me is they all have high basketball IQs and play (well) without the ball in their hands. That makes them really dangerous."
HAND IS ON FIRE
Hand scored a career-high 27 points against Miami after matching her previous career high (24 points) in a first-round NCAA Tournament win over James Madison.
"I feel our team is playing in a way you get shots in rhythm," Hand said. "It's been nice to be a shooter in our system. We're clicking in all areas. Because of that I'm playing well right now."
IRISH'S MULTITALENTED POINT GUARD
Notre Dame sophomore point guard Skylar Diggins' father was a disc jockey. When she was in middle school she began experimenting with the equipment and eventually became a DJ herself, playing school parties, birthdays and weddings.
"My teammates know I'm a music head," Diggins said. "(I) do a little singing, too. I don't do it as much now because I don't have as much free time."
OU senior forward Carlee Roethlisberger is from Findlay, Ohio, approximately 105 miles north of Dayton. ... Diggins, who was considering both OU and Notre Dame, attended the 2007 NCAA matchup in West Lafayette, Ind., a game the Irish won.