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ND’s Kayla McBride drives against Duke.

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Women showing the way

Fans of college basketball, do not despair. IU, Notre Dame and Purdue men’s programs may not be ready for the NCAA tournament, but Notre Dame and Purdue women certainly are.

Notre Dame joined the Atlantic Coast Conference this season and promptly won the conference title. On Sunday, it defeated Duke 81-70.

Notre Dame is ranked No. 2 in the nation.

Meanwhile, No. 19 Purdue, on a roll, won its fifth straight, defeating Wisconsin 70-54.

In 2001, the two teams squared off in a thrilling NCAA final won on two free throws with five seconds left by Ruth Riley of Notre Dame (and the pride of Macy, Ind.), 68-66.

Unfortunately, the women’s NCAA tournament doesn’t have the hype or public interest of the men’s. But the women’s game can be as exciting. This year, maybe Hoosier fans can help the rest of America understand that.