Behind The Scenes

Full-court press: The Experts prep for Baylor-Notre Dame NCAA title game

DENVER — ESPN’s top analysts got together to dish on all things related to tonight’s NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship title game and other top storylines surrounding the tournament.

Host Trey Wingo, along with analysts Doris Burke, Rebecca Lobo, Kara Lawson and Carolyn Peck, spent an hour talking Notre Dame, Baylor, recapping the National Semifinal games from Sunday and Pat Summitt’s future with Tennessee.

An original episode of ESPNU’s The Experts: NCAA Women’s Championship Special will air at 5 p.m. ET, prior to the College Basketball Live: Women’s Championship Special at 6 p.m., also on ESPNU.

Then switch over to ESPN or ESPN3 for the NCAA Women’s Championship Special Presented by Capital One — an hour-long preview special, also hosted by Wingo, Lawson and Peck, from the Pepsi Center at 7:30 p.m.

At 8:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3, the 2012 NCAA National Championship title game will pit Baylor against 2011 national runner-up Notre Dame. Dave O’Brien will have the play-by-play call with Burke, and Lobo will work as an on-court analyst, as well as conducting on-court interviews with players and coaches, along with Holly Rowe.

In addition, ESPN will feature additional content across its platforms, including SportsCenter, espnW,, ESPNEWS, WatchESPN and ESPN International.

Doris Burke on Baylor’s pressure as an undefeated team
I have been amazed of how gracefully they have worn the weight of the undefeated season over the course — say from February on. They don’t comport themselves, to me, like a team that is under any weight, any pressure.

Kara Lawson on Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins
I think there is more pressure on Skylar Diggins in this game to make plays at the high level she can play at with her skill, with her toughness, because of how good Baylor’s defense is. So, the greater defense you go at, the more you have to have in your arsenal to try and attack it. I think Skylar Diggins has the most complete offensive arsenal of any player on Notre Dame, and because of that, they are going to need her aggressiveness and her creativity to score.

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