February 7, 2013 |
Muffet McGraw earned her 700th victory with No. 2 Notre Dame's 59-52 victory over Villanova on Tuesday night at the Pavilion. The former St. Joseph's star became the 13th coach in Division I history to reach the 700-victory plateau. Skylar Diggins had 14 points for the Irish, but was 4 for 17 from the field. Notre Dame (21-1, 9-0 Big East) never trailed. The Wildcats (16-6, 5-4) were led by Emily Leer with 15 points. Elsewhere: Drexel's Hollie Mershon led all scorers with 19 points in the Dragons' 62-48 victory at Towson (7-14, 1-9 Colonial)
April 7, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Skylar Diggins has accomplished nearly everything she could have imagined in her career at Notre Dame. The only thing missing is a national championship. To get another chance at that elusive title, Diggins will have to help the Fighting Irish women beat Big East rival Connecticut for an unprecedented fourth straight time this season. Sunday night's meeting in the national semifinals might be the final chapter in a rivalry that has become the nation's best. Notre Dame heads to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.
March 29, 2011 |
No team has ever been so happy to be 1-20. Skylar Diggins scored 24 points and second-seeded Notre Dame made up for 28 years of beatings at the hands of Tennessee, upsetting the top-seeded Lady Vols, 73-59, last night in the Dayton (Ohio) Regional final to earn a spot in the Final Four. "We went into the locker room after the game and the first thing the team said was, '1-and-20! 1-and-20!' " coach Muffet McGraw said with a laugh. The Fighting Irish (30-7) came in 0-20 all-time against the Lady Vols (34-3)
June 11, 2011 |
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - When Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw learned last summer that she would be a part of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame 2011 class of inductees, she knew the pressure was on for the Fighting Irish to have a good season. "My biggest fear was that if we had a bad year, they would take it back," McGraw said with a smile on Friday. Notre Dame reached the 2011 NCAA national championship game, losing to Texas A&M, and McGraw kept her place among the inductees, who are being honored this weekend at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville.
April 6, 2013 |
James Southerland spent most of his first season at Syracuse on the bench and part of his last season with the Orange on the couch. His reward for all that frustration - a trip to the Final Four. Left stewing on the sideline as a freshman, then suspended for six games as a senior for an academic issue, Southerland is making the most out of his final weeks on Jim Boeheim's team. Heading into Saturday's semifinal against Michigan, Southerland has established himself as possibly Syracuse's most dangerous player on offense - the side of the court that's been receiving less attention during his team's run to Atlanta.
April 7, 2011 |
INDIANAPOLIS - This year's NCAA women's basketball tournament had plenty of twists, turns, and upsets even before the championship game. Coach Gary Blair and Texas A&M delivered a thrilling ending. This was supposed to be the year Maya Moore's Connecticut juggernaut won its third consecutive title, or Stanford broke through, or Tennessee got back to the top. Instead, the Aggies rewrote the script in their first Final Four appearance. They made the 65-year-old Blair the oldest coach to win a national championship just one night after UConn's 68-year-old Jim Calhoun did the same thing on the men's side.
March 21, 2011 |
SALT LAKE CITY - The bracket shows that Temple's game on Monday night against second-seeded Notre Dame is a second-round game in the NCAA women's basketball tournament. But for the Owls, it's much bigger than that. Temple has never reached the Sweet 16, having failed on four previous tries in the second round. "When you're seeded 10th and have never gone beyond the second round, going to the Sweet 16 is like winning the national championship," Temple coach Tonya Cardoza said Sunday.
April 1, 2013 |
Jasmine Hassell scored six of her 13 points in the final three minutes and fourth-seeded Georgia reached the NCAA women's regional finals for the first time since 2004 with a 61-59 victory over top-seeded Stanford on Saturday night in Spokane, Wash. The Bulldogs (28-6) overcame three major scoring droughts, including falling behind, 9-0, to end the Cardinal's hopes of reaching the Final Four for the sixth straight year. Jasmine James led Georgia with 16 points, including a pair of free throws with 23.5 seconds left that gave the Bulldogs a 60-56 lead.
April 5, 2011 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Instate talent helped Notre Dame to its first NCAA women's basketball title in 2001 when senior center Ruth Riley, who was born in Kansas but grew up in Macy, Ind., led the way over favored Connecticut in the national semifinals and over Purdue in the championship game. Now a decade after the program's national title, a superstar 5-foot-9 sophomore guard from South Bend, Ind., may do likewise Tuesday night when the Irish (31-7) meet Texas A&M (32-5) at Conseco Fieldhouse in a first matchup of No. 2 seeds in the 30-year history of the championship.
March 4, 2014 |
YOU ALREADY know about No. 2-ranked Wichita State's 31-0 record. But there are two women's teams with local ties that are also unbeaten. No. 1 Connecticut is coached by Geno Auriemma, and No. 2 Notre Dame is coached by Muffet McGraw. Both are former assistants at Saint Joseph's and both coached in the Catholic League. (Philly's Dawn Staley, who doesn't have a Hawks connection, coaches No. 4 South Carolina. See Page 54 for an update). Yesterday, the Irish (29-0, 16-0 ACC)