McGraw wants Irish to preserve Pat Summitt's legacy

McGraw wants Irish to preserve Pat Summitt's legacy

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NASHVILLE (WATE)- The 2014 women's national championship game is a battle of the unbeatens and the battle heated up on Monday when Notre Dame Head Coach, Muffet McGraw and UConn Head Coach, Geno Auriemma exchanged verbal blows via the media. 

The most subtle came from McGraw when she was asked about whether she thought Lady Vol fans would side with the Irish. 

"I think the entire Tennessee nation will be on our side," said McGraw. "I think coast to coast there's a lot of people that want to see us win to preserve Pat's legacy right now. I think what she's done for the women's game has been unbelievable. I think all women's coaches really respect her and looked up to her because when she spoke it was about what was good for the game. I think she was a role model on how to be gracious in victory as well as defeat. I think she was such a classy coach and I think, unfortunately, the game and sportsmanship have lost a lot since we lost her." 

If UConn wins on Tuesday, Auriemma will have 9 national titles-- one more than Pat Summitt. 

A win for Notre Dame would be their first national championship since 2001. 

McGraw was awarded Coach of the Year and received the Pat Summitt trophy. 

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