Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish
2019–20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team
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UniversityUniversity of Notre Dame
First season1977–78
Athletic directorJack Swarbrick
Head coachMuffet McGraw (33rd season)
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
LocationNotre Dame, Indiana
ArenaPurcell Pavilion
at the Edmund P. Joyce Center
(Capacity: 9,149)
NicknameFighting Irish
ColorsBlue and Gold[1]
         
Uniforms
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament Champions
2001, 2018
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2019
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1997, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1997, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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, 2019
Conference Tournament Champions
1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994 (MCC)
2013 (Big East)
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 (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, 2019 (ACC)

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team is the intercollegiate women's basketball program representing University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. The program currently competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference of NCAA Division I. The Fighting Irish play their home games in the Purcell Pavilion at the Edmund P. Joyce Center, and 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 the Irish to two National Championships in 2001 and 2018.[3] The Irish's first national championship team in 2001 was led by 6-foot-5 center and future WNBA star Ruth Riley[4], who led the Irish past Purdue 68–66.

Under McGraw's stewardship, Notre Dame has reached the Final Four nine times (1997, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019)[3][5], which currently ranks 5th all time in NCAA history. Notre Dame has made it to the Sweet Sixteen in each of the last ten seasons (2010–19), has won 20 or more games in 24 of the past 25 seasons, and has won 30 or more games in eight consecutive seasons (2011–19).[3] The Irish have made 26 NCAA tournament appearances as of the end of the 2018–19 season, including a current streak of 24 appearances.[3] In the current streak, Notre Dame has made it to the second round in all but one of the appearances.[3]

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. [6] 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 2017–18 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 Ogunbowale scored the game winning three point shot with 1/10th of a second 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.[7]. Four of the returning five starters, including Ogunbowle, Jackie Young, Marina Mabry and Jessica Shepard, returned to the Final Four the following year.[5]. The Irish would beat Uconn 81-76 before falling by 1 point to Baylor, 82-81.

Current roster[edit]

2019–20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Year Previous school Hometown
G 2 Kaitlin Cole 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Sr Sylvania Northview Toledo, OH
G 10 Katlyn Gilbert 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) So Heritage Christian Indianapolis, IN
G 12 Abby Prohaska 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) So Lakota West Liberty Township, OH
G 13 Marta Sniezek 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) GS National Cathedral
Stanford
McLean, VA
G 20 Nicole Benz 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Jr William S. Hart Valencia, CA
G 21 Anaya Peoples 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Fr Schlarman Danville, IL
F 22 Danielle Cosgrove 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) So Sachem East Holbrook, NY
G 24 Destinee Walker 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) GS Lake Highland Prep
North Carolina
Orlando, FL
C 30 Mikayla Vaughn 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Jr Paul VI Catholic Philadelphia, PA
G/F 33 Sam Brunelle 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Fr William Monroe Ruckersville, VA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: August 9, 2019

Awards and Honors[edit]

National Awards[edit]

Players[edit]

Naismith College Player of the Year

AP National Player of the Year

  • Ruth Riley – 2001[3]

Sports Illustrated National Player of the Year

  • Ruth Riley – 2001[3]

NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player

Nancy Lieberman Award[3]

Elite 90 Award

  • Nicole Benz – 2019

Coaches[edit]

Naismith College Coach of the Year

AP Coach of the Year

  • Muffet McGraw – 2001, 2013, 2014, 2018[3]

WBCA Coach of the Year

  • Muffet McGraw – 2001, 2013, 2014[3]

USBWA Coach of the Year

  • Muffet McGraw – 2001, 2013, 2014[3]

Conference Awards[edit]

Players[edit]

ACC Athlete of the Year

ACC Player of the Year

ACC Defensive Player of the Year

  • Brianna Turner - 2016, 2017, 2019 [8][3]

ACC Freshman of the Year

  • Brianna Turner – 2015[3]

Big East Player of the Year

Big East Freshman of the Year

  • Alicia Ratay – 2000[3]
  • Jacqueline Batteast – 2002[3]
  • Jewell Loyd – 2013[3]

Big East Defensive Player of the Year

Midwestern Collegiate Conference/Horizon League Player of the Year

  • Karen Robinson – 1990, 1991[3]

North Star Conference Player of the Year

  • Trena Keys – 1985, 1986[3]

Coaches[edit]

ACC Coach of the Year

Big East Coach of the Year

  • Muffet McGraw – 2001, 2013[3]

Midwestern Collegiate Conference/Horizon League Coach of the Year

  • Muffet McGraw – 1991[3]

North Star Conference Coach of the Year

  • Mary DiStanislao – 1985, 1986[3]
  • Muffet McGraw – 1988[3]

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
2018–19 Muffet McGraw 35–4 14–2 T-1st NCAA Runner-Up
McGraw (Total): 835–230
Total: 921–274

      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

NCAA Tournament History[edit]

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1992 #12 Round of 64 #5 UCLA L 72-93
1994 #7 Round of 64 #10 Minnesota L 76-81
1996 #12 Round of 64
Round of 32
#5 Purdue
#4 Texas Tech
W 73-60
L 67-82
1997 #6 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#11 Memphis
#3 Texas
#2 Alabama
#5 George Washington
#3 Tennessee
W 93-62
W 86-83
W 87-81
W 62-52
L 66-80
1998 #9 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#8 Southwest Missouri State
#1 Texas Tech
#4 Purdue
W 78-64
W 62-52
L 65-70
1999 #5 Round of 64
Round of 32
#12 Saint Mary's (Calif)
#4 LSU
W 61-57
L 64-74
2000 #2 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#15 San Diego
#7 George Washington
#3 Texas Tech
W 87-61
W 95-60
L 65-69
2001 #1 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#16 Alcorn State
#8 Michigan
#5 Utah
#3 Vanderbilt
#1 Connecticut
#3 Purdue
W 98-49
W 88-54
W 69-54
W 72-64
W 90-75
W 68-66
2002 #7 Round of 64
Round of 32
#10 New Mexico
#2 Tennessee
W 58-44
L 50-89
2003 #11 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#6 Arizona
#3 Kansas State
#2 Purdue
W 59-47
W 59-53
L 47-66
2004 #5 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#5 Southwest Missouri State
#13 Middle Tennessee
#1 Penn State
W 69-65OT
W 59-46
L 49-55
2005 #4 Round of 64
Round of 32
#13 Santa Barbara
#5 Arizona State
W 61-51
L 61-70
2006 #9 Round of 64 #8 Boston College
L 61-78
2007 #9 Round of 64
Round of 32
#8 California
#1 North Carolina
W 62-59
L 51-60
2008 #5 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#12 SMU
#4 Oklahoma
#1 Tennessee
W 75-62
W 79-75OT
L 64-74
2009 #7 Round of 64 #10 Minnesota
L 71-79
2010 #2 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#15 Cleveland State
#10 Vermont
#3 Oklahoma
W 86-58
W 84-66
L 72-77OT
2011 #2 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#15 Utah
#10 Temple
#6 Oklahoma
#1 Tennessee
#1 Connecticut
#2 Texas A&M
W 67-54
W 77-64
W 78-53
W 73-59
W 72-63
L 70-76
2012 #1 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#16 Liberty
#8 California
#5 St. Bonaventure
#2 Maryland
#1 Connecticut
#1 Baylor
W 74-43
W 73-62
W 79-35
W 80-49
W 83-75OT
L 61-80
2013 #1 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#16 Tennessee-Martin
#9 Iowa
#12 Kansas
#2 Duke
#1 Connecticut
W 97-64
W 74-57
W 93-63
W 87-76
L 65-83
2014 #1 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#16 Robert Morris
#9 Arizona State
#5 Oklahoma State
#2 Baylor
#4 Maryland
#1 Connecticut
W 93-42
W 84-67
W 89-72
W 88-69
W 87-61
L 58-79
2015 #1 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#16 Montana
#9 DePaul
#4 Stanford
#2 Baylor
#1 South Carolina
#1 Connecticut
W 77-43
W 79-67
W 81-60
W 77-68
W 66-65
L 53-63
2016 #1 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#16 North Carolina A&T
#9 Indiana
#4 Stanford
W 95-61
W 87-70
L 84-90
2017 #1 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Robert Morris
#9 Purdue
#5 Ohio State
#2 Stanford
W 79-49
W 88-82OT
W 99-76
L 75-76
2018 #1 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#16 Cal-State Northridge
#9 Villanova
#4 Texas A&M
#2 Oregon
#1 Connecticut
#1 Mississippi St.
W 99-81
W 98-72
W 90-84
W 84-74
W 91-89OT
W 61-58
2019 #1 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#16 Bethune-Cookman
#9 Michigan State
#4 Texas A&M
#2 Stanford
#2 Connecticut
#1 Baylor
W 92-50
W 91-63
W 87-80
W 84-68
W 81-76
L 81-82

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.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj "Notre Dame Women's Basketball ACC 2018-19 Media Guide :: Notre Dame Women's Basketball :: UND.COM :: The Official Site of Notre Dame Athletics" (PDF). www.und.com. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  4. ^ "Irish Win National Championship!!! :: Notre Dame Women's Basketball :: UND.COM :: The Official Site of Notre Dame Athletics". www.und.com. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Notre Dame beats Stanford to get back to Final Four". ESPN. April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "Danielle Adams scores 22 in second half to lead Aggies to first title". ESPN. April 6, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  7. ^ "Another Arike Ogunbowale game winner leads Irish to NCAA title". ESPN. April 1, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "LOUISVILLE'S DURR REPEATS AS ACC WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR". theACC.com. Retrieved March 30, 2019.

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