Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish
2018–19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
University University of Notre Dame
Head coach Muffet McGraw (31st season)
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Location Notre Dame, Indiana
Arena Purcell Pavilion
at the Edmund P. Joyce Center
(Capacity: 9,149)
Nickname Fighting Irish
Colors Blue and Gold[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
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Alternate jersey
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Team colours
Alternate
NCAA Tournament champions
2001, 2018
NCAA Tournament runner-up
2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1997, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1997, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
NCAA Tournament second round
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
NCAA Tournament appearances
1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Conference tournament champions
1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994 (MCC)
2013 (Big East)
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (ACC)
Conference regular season champions
1985, 1986 (North Star)
1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995 (MCC)
2001, 2012, 2013 (Big East)
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (ACC)

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team is the intercollegiate women's basketball program representing the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. The program currently competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference of NCAA Division I. They have two NCAA National Championships. They play their home games in the Purcell Pavilion at the Edmund P. Joyce Center. The Fighting Irish are currently coached by Muffet McGraw.

History[edit]

Current coach Muffet McGraw has been the women's head coach since 1987[2] and has led Notre Dame to eight Final Four appearances (1997, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018), winning the National Championship twice in 2001 and 2018. The Irish won the title in 2001 by beating Purdue 68–66. The 2001 team was led by 6-foot-5 center and future WNBA star Ruth Riley. Under McGraw's stewardship, Notre Dame has made it to the Sweet Sixteen in each of the last nine seasons (2010–18), has won 20 or more games in 23 of the past 24 seasons, and has won 30 or more games in eight consecutive seasons (2011–18). She has led the Irish to 25 NCAA tournament appearances as of the end of the 2017–18 season, including a current streak of 23 appearances. In the current streak, Notre Dame has made it to the second round in all but two of the appearances.

McGraw would take the Fighting Irish back to the Final Four in 2011 under the play of star point guard Skylar Diggins, beating Pat Summitt's Tennessee Lady Volunteers; the program's first win against the Lady Vols in 21 tries. That win was followed by an upset of the number one-ranked UConn Huskies (making Notre Dame the first team ever to beat both Tennessee and UConn in the same tournament) to advance the Fighting Irish to the 2011 championship game, where it lost to Texas A&M. The Irish would return to the championship game in 2012, losing to unbeaten Baylor after winning the Big East regular season title and beating UConn again to reach the final.

In the 2012–2013 season, the Irish, led by Diggins and shooting guard Kayla McBride, posted their best regular season record in school history (31–1), despite losing Big East defensive player of the year Devereaux Peters and two other starters to graduation. Their only regular season loss was to Baylor, and the team posted wins over #9 Tennessee in Knoxville and a narrow 1 point at #1 Connecticut. The Irish completed an undefeated 16–0 Big East regular season championship vs #3 Connecticut in the final game of the season, winning a triple overtime thriller to close out Diggins’ career in South Bend. UConn and Notre Dame would again meet in the Big East Tournament final, with Notre Dame winning narrowly 61–59 to claim their first ever Big East tournament championship. Notre Dame had lost to UConn in the finale 6 previous times.

Notre Dame made it to the national championship game in 2014 and 2015, twice losing to Connecticut.

After an injury plagued start to the 2017–2018 season, which saw four Irish players lost to injury, Notre Dame won its second National Championship by beating Mississippi State 61–58. Junior guard Arike Ogunbawale scored the game winning three point shot with three seconds left, two days after scoring a similar buzzer beater to knock out Connecticut in the semifinal game. The win was coach McGraw's second national championship and 800th win at Notre Dame.

Awards and honors[edit]

National awards[edit]

Players[edit]

Naismith College Player of the Year

AP National Player of the Year

  • Ruth Riley – 2001

Sports Illustrated National Player of the Year

  • Ruth Riley – 2001

NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player

Nancy Lieberman Award

Coaches[edit]

Naismith College Coach of the Year

AP Coach of the Year

  • Muffet McGraw – 2001, 2013, 2014, 2018

WBCA Coach of the Year

  • Muffet McGraw – 2001, 2013, 2014

USBWA Coach of the Year

  • Muffet McGraw – 2001, 2013, 2014

Conference awards[edit]

Players[edit]

ACC Athlete of the Year

ACC Player of the Year

ACC Freshman of the Year

  • Brianna Turner – 2015

Big East Player of the Year

Big East Freshman of the Year

  • Alicia Ratay – 2000
  • Jacqueline Batteast – 2002
  • Jewell Loyd – 2013

Big East Defensive Player of the Year

Midwestern Collegiate Conference/Horizon League Player of the Year

  • Karen Robinson – 1990, 1991

North Star Conference Player of the Year

  • Trena Keys – 1985, 1986

Coaches[edit]

ACC Coach of the Year

Big East Coach of the Year

  • Muffet McGraw – 2001, 2013

Midwestern Collegiate Conference/Horizon League Coach of the Year

  • Muffet McGraw – 1991

North Star Conference Coach of the Year

  • Mary DiStanislao – 1985, 1986
  • Muffet McGraw – 1988

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Sharon Petro () (1977–1980)
1977–78 Sharon Petro 13–4
1978–79 Sharon Petro 16–6
1979–80 Sharon Petro 20–10
Petro: 49–20
Mary DiStanislao () (1980–1983)
1980–81 Mary DiStanislao 10–18
1981–82 Mary DiStanislao 16–9
1982–83 Mary DiStanislao 20–7
Mary DiStanislao (North Star Conference) (1983–1987)
1983–84 Mary DiStanislao 14–14 6–4
1984–85 Mary DiStanislao 20–8 13–1 1st
1985–86 Mary DiStanislao 23–8 13–1 1st
1986–87 Mary DiStanislao 12–15 4–2
DiStanislao: 115–79
Muffet McGraw (North Star Conference) (1987–1988)
1987–88 Muffet McGraw 20–8 7–3 2nd
Muffet McGraw (Midwestern Collegiate Conference) (1987–1994)
1988–89 Muffet McGraw 21–11 12–2 T-1st 7th in NWIT
1989–90 Muffet McGraw 23–6 16–0 1st
1990–91 Muffet McGraw 23–9 15–1 1st 8th in NWIT
1991–92 Muffet McGraw 14–17 8–4 2nd NCAA 1st Round
1992–93 Muffet McGraw 15–12 11–5 T-2nd
1993–94 Muffet McGraw 22–7 10–2 1st NCAA 1st Round
1994–95 Muffet McGraw 21–10 15–1 1st 3rd in NWIT
Muffet McGraw (Big East) (1995–2013)
1995–96 Muffet McGraw 23–8 15–3 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1996–97 Muffet McGraw 31–7 17–1 2nd NCAA Final Four
1997–98 Muffet McGraw 22–10 12–6 T-4th NCAA Sweet 16
1998–99 Muffet McGraw 26–5 15–3 3rd NCAA 2nd Round
1999–00 Muffet McGraw 27–5 15–1 2nd NCAA Sweet 16
2000–01 Muffet McGraw 34–2 15–1 T-1st NCAA Champions
2001–02 Muffet McGraw 20–10 13–3 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
2002–03 Muffet McGraw 21–11 10–6 5th NCAA Sweet 16
2003–04 Muffet McGraw 21–11 12–4 T-2nd NCAA Sweet 16
2004–05 Muffet McGraw 27–6 13–3 T-2nd NCAA 2nd Round
2005–06 Muffet McGraw 18–12 8–8 10th NCAA 1st Round
2006–07 Muffet McGraw 20–12 10–6 5th NCAA 2nd Round
2007–08 Muffet McGraw 25–9 11–5 4th NCAA Sweet 16
2008–09 Muffet McGraw 22–9 10–6 T-4th NCAA 1st Round
2009–10 Muffet McGraw 29–6 12–4 T-4th NCAA Sweet 16
2010–11 Muffet McGraw 31–8 13–3 T-2nd NCAA Runner-up
2011–12 Muffet McGraw 35–4 15–1 1st NCAA Runner-up
2012–13 Muffet McGraw 35–2 16–0 1st NCAA Final Four
Muffet McGraw (ACC) (2013–present)
2013–14 Muffet McGraw 37–1 16–0 1st NCAA Runner-up
2014–15 Muffet McGraw 36–3 15–1 1st NCAA Runner-up
2015–16 Muffet McGraw 33–2 16–0 1st NCAA Sweet 16
2016–17 Muffet McGraw 33–4 15–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2017–18 Muffet McGraw 35–3 15–1 T-1st NCAA Champions
McGraw (Total): 801–229
Total: 886–270

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Notre Dame Logo Sheet (PDF). Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  2. ^ "Muffet McGraw Bio :: Notre Dame Women's Basketball :: UND.COM :: The Official Site of Notre Dame Athletics". www.und.com. Retrieved 2016-04-13.

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