Notre Dame and Connecticut provided a thrilling final act for the Big East.
The conference name will live on with the basketball schools that are separating from the football schools next year. But the Big East that has been arguably the best women's basketball conference in the country over the past decade will be no more.
And, no other conference could compare.
From UConn winning seven national titles, five in the past 10 years, to four different teams making the Final Four in the past six seasons - including Notre Dame, which has been in the last two.
''It's been an unbelievable run for us,'' Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. ''They elevated our program and we owe a lot to the Big East for where our program is now.''
The conference set a record with nine teams making the NCAA tournament field three seasons ago.
Now the lights will dim on this women's basketball juggernaut that has dominated the national landscape. The final game turned out to be another show-stopper with...