SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — At first glance, Muffet McGraw didn't know what all the hubbub was about when it came to Jackie Young.
"My staff would go and see Jackie and she'd get 35 points; I'd...
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — No. 4 Notre Dame got back to winning in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament — and also got some revenge on North Carolina.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Even Notre Dame's leading scorer, Arike Ogunbowale, couldn't find enough words to describe the triple-double performance of Jackie Young off the bench as the No. 4 Fighting...
No. 4 Notre Dame beats No. 17 Syracuse 98-68
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Everything was working for the No. 4 Notre Dame women on Monday night.
When the Fighting Irish (26-3, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) weren't destroying No. 17 Syracuse...
Ogunbowale becomes all-time Irish scorer in rout of Duke
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — On a historic Thursday evening for Arike Ogunbowale, Muffet McGraw was just as pleased by the double-doubles she received from frontliners Brianna Turner and Jessica...
Ogunbowale, No. 5 Notre Dame beats No. 9 NC State 95-72
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Once Notre Dame gets loose in transition, it's hard for anybody to slow the fifth-ranked and reigning national champion Fighting Irish. Ninth-ranked North Carolina State never figured out a way, either.
Arike Ogunbowale scored 22 points and Notre Dame took over with 12 unanswered points in a dominating third quarter to beat N.C. State 95-72 on Monday night.
Ogunbowale, Shepard lead No. 4 Irish to rout of No. 24 FSU
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Muffet McGraw got the effort she wanted from No. 4 Notre Dame right from the start Sunday, especially from Arike Ogunbowale, in a 97-70 rout of No. 24 Florida State.
Mabrey’s 3-pointers, big runs lead No. 5 Irish over Ga Tech
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Muffet McGraw likes the way No. 5 Notre Dame distributes the ball. Lately, the coach has asked her team to get it more to sharp-shooting Marina Mabrey.
"We've been talking how we need to look for Marina more in transition and we've done a really good job of that," McGraw said after her senior point guard scored 20 points Sunday in a 90-50 win over Georgia Tech.
Ogunbowale lifts No. 5 Notre Dame to rout of Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw learned something about her team — the Fighting Irish sure hate to lose.
Arike Ogunbowale had 23 points, and No. 5 Notre Dame bounced back from its second loss of the season with a 101-63 blowout of Clemson on Thursday night.
"You never know how you're going respond after a loss because we don't have a lot of practice at it," McGraw said. "So I was pleased at the way they came out."
Young’s triple-double helps No. 1 ND beat Lady Vols 77-62
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw worried her team might be facing Tennessee at the worst possible time as the Lady Volunteers tried to end their longest losing streak in nearly half a century.
Ogunbowale leads No. 1 Notre Dame over Boston College 92-63
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Final Four MVP Arike Ogunbowale knows No. 1 Notre Dame needs to clean up its act if it hopes to defend its NCAA championship.
"We weren't focused taking care of the ball today," Ogunbowale said after scoring 24 points to lead all five starters in double figures as the Fighting Irish routed Boston College 92-63 Sunday.
Ogunbowale will get no argument from coach Muffet McGraw.
Shepard, big run lift No. 1 Notre Dame past Hokies, 80-51
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A fast start for Virginia Tech had No. 1 Notre Dame back on its heels, but only briefly.
Before the second quarter was over, the Fighting Irish put together a 24-1 run, leaving a six-point deficit a distant memory in an 80-51 victory against the Hokies on Wednesday night.
"They came out and gave us a knockout punch," Irish coach Muffet McGraw said. "Fortunately we took it and gave them one of our own."
Mabrey scores 18, No. 1 Notre Dame routs Wake Forest 78-48
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — With her off-campus roommate Arike Ogunbowale struggling, Marina Mabrey took over the scoring load for No. 1 Notre Dame in a wire-to-wire 78-48 victory over Wake Forest on Sunday.
"It happens to everyone," Mabrey said after scoring 18 points while Ogunbowale, averaging 22.6 points a game coming in, was held to four points on 1-of-11 shooting. "I'm confident the next game she will be ready to go — she got the misses out of the way."
Ogunbowale helps Irish beat Cardinals in 1-2 showdown
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — As far as Arike Ogunbowale and coach Muffet McGraw were concerned, No. 1 Notre Dame's 82-68 victory over No. 2 Louisville on Thursday night was just another Atlantic Coast Conference game in January.
Notre Dame back at No. 1 in AP women’s basketball poll
NEW YORK (AP) — Muffet McGraw and Notre Dame are back where they started the season: at No. 1.
The Fighting Irish returned to the top spot in in The Associated Press women's basketball poll Monday, barely edging second-ranked Louisville, after former No. 1 UConn lost to then-No. 8 Baylor last week. The new Nos. 1-2 meet this week in South Bend, Indiana.
No. 2 Notre Dame overwhelms Georgia Tech, makes No. 1 case
ATLANTA (AP) — Defending national champion Notre Dame may be on the cusp of moving to the top spot in the next Top 25.
That didn't stop coach Muffet McGraw from sharp criticism of what she considered to be a lackluster performance in a runaway win over Georgia Tech. Jessica Shepard scored 19 points, most on layups, and No. 2 Notre Dame was dominant inside in overpowering Georgia Tech 76-55 on Sunday.
Mabrey, Ogunbowale lead No. 2 Notre Dame over Pitt 100-44
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A game after getting her 900th career coaching victory, Muffet McGraw thought defending NCAA champion Notre Dame played its best game of the season in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Pittsburgh.
"The best game we've played the whole year," McGraw said after Marina Mabrey scored 20 points and Arike Ogunbowale had 18 to lift the second-ranked Fighting Irish over the Panthers 100-44 on Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.
Top 5 unchanged in AP women’s hoops poll, UConn still No. 1
NEW YORK (AP) — UConn, Notre Dame and Louisville remain the top three teams in The Associated Press women's basketball poll.
With most teams taking a break for the holidays, there wasn't much movement in the Top 25 poll Monday. The only change in the first 10 teams was Mississippi State and Baylor exchanging places at No. 7 and 8. Maryland and Oregon were fourth and fifth in the poll voted on by a 31-member national media panel.
McGraw earns 900th victory; Ionescu meets Curry
NEW YORK (AP) — Muffet McGraw earned a milestone win against the school where she got her coaching start.
McGraw became the fourth-fastest coach to reach 900 victories on Sunday when No. 2 Notre Dame beat Lehigh 95-68. McGraw only needed 1,172 games to reach the milestone. Only Geno Auriemma (1,034), Pat Summit (1,072) and Tara VanDerveer (1,104) did it faster.
No. 2 Notre Dame gives McGraw wins 900th career victory
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Muffet McGraw's last two coaching milestones have been fitting ones, to say the least. The latest, her 900th overall victory, came Sunday in No. 2 Notre Dame's 95-68 victory over Lehigh, where she got her head coaching start 37 seasons ago.
Ogunbowale leads No. 2 Notre Dame past No. 19 Marquette
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale's return home couldn't have gone much better.
Ogunbowale, a former Milwaukee high school standout, scored 32 points and Brianna Turner added 20 as second-ranked Notre Dame rolled to an 87-63 victory over No. 19 Marquette on Saturday.
"What a homecoming for Arike," said Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw. "Couldn't ask for more than that. Shot the ball extremely well. Played well. Did everything she had to do."
Mabrey scores 20 points, No. 2 Notre Dame women win in rout
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Muffet McGraw could find little wrong Wednesday night after No. 2 Notre Dame's defense set up a blistering offensive attack in a 94-53 rout of Western Kentucky.
"We really worked the zone well and offensively we were so efficient," McGraw said after Marina Mabrey scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting and the Irish (10-1) shot 69.8 percent.
Mabrey leads No. 2 Notre Dame women past Binghamton 103-53
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame teammates Marina Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale share the workload in their off-campus apartment.
On Sunday, they pitched in all over the court with double-doubles of different sorts as No. 2 Notre Dame beat Binghamton 103-53.
"I think we were trying to do more on the court than just score," said Mabrey, who had 21 points and 10 assists.
Ogunbowale, Notre Dame bounce back, topping Toledo 72-56
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said she'd hoped her team would play a little sooner this week to get over the loss to Connecticut.
But Saturday would have to do.
Paced by Arike Ogunbowale's 22 points, the No. 2 Irish stopped Toledo 72-56.
"I think we hoped that we would've played Thursday," McGraw said. "I think we were anxious to get out, and I think we ran out of gas a little. The adrenaline was pumping."
Williams leads No. 2 UConn to 89-71 win at No. 1 Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Freshman Christyn Williams scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting and No. 2 Connecticut never lost the lead after the 6:36 mark of the first quarter in dominating No. 1 Notre Dame 89-71 on Sunday.
All-American Katie Lou Samuelson, who was held scoreless by the Irish in the first half, had 15 points, including a three-point play that gave Geno Auriemma's Huskies a 74-64 lead with 6:08 to play. The Huskies' biggest lead was 19 points late.
Irish and Huskies ready for latest chapter of rivalry
There's been no better and more entertaining rivalry in women's college basketball over the past decade than the one between Notre Dame and UConn.
From Breanna Stewart's dominance of the Irish in the Final Four while UConn won four straight national championships to Arike Ogunbowale's last-second shot in overtime of the national semifinals last season that beat the Huskies, these storied programs have gone toe-to-toe on the game's biggest stage.
Ogunbowale scores 30 as No. 1 Irish rout No. 14 Iowa 105-71
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — After routing Iowa, Arike Ogunbowale and No. 1 Notre Dame can now turn their attention to their showdown Sunday with No. 2 UConn.
"It's one of the best rivalries in college basketball," said Ogunbowale after she scored 30 points and her fellow starters all finished in double figures as the Irish routed 14th-ranked Hawkeyes 105-71 on Thursday night.
No. 1 Notre Dame women rally past No. 9 Oregon State, 91-81
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Notre Dame passed its first big test of the season.
Jacki Young scored 23 points, Arike Ogunbowale and Brianna Turner netted 21 apiece and the top-ranked Fighting Irish won the Vancouver Showcase championship, rallying for a 91-81 victory over No. 9 Oregon State on Saturday night.
Oregon State (6-1) led for the first three quarters, but the Irish drew even early in the fourth and pulled away.
Ogunbowale leads No. 1 Notre Dame to 82-64 win over Drake
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Health problems did not hamper Notre Dame's championship hopes at the Vancouver Showcase on Friday night.
Arike Ogunbowale scored 30 points and Jackie Young added 25 to help No. 1 Notre Dame beat Drake 82-64 in semifinal action at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
No. 1 Notre Dame women advance in Vancouver Showcase.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Muffet McGraw got right to the point after No. 1 Notre Dame's 81-65 victory over Gonzaga on Thursday in the first game of the Vancouver Showcase.
"We didn't come out with any kind of emotion at all. We didn't execute, turned the ball over, gave up a lot of offensive rebound," the Fighting Irish coach said.
Young leads No. 1 Notre Dame women past No. 15 DePaul 101-77
CHICAGO (AP) — No. 1 Notre Dame was struggling against the pressure and having a difficult time hanging onto the ball. Once the Irish got that under control, they started to pull away for another lopsided victory.
Jackie Young had 28 points and 12 rebounds, Arike Ogunbowale scored 24 and Notre Dame beat No. 15 DePaul 101-77 on Saturday.
No. 1 Irish start slow, finish fast in beating Penn 75-55
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Muffet McGraw doesn't think Notre Dame is enduring a hangover from its 2018 NCAA championship. She thinks the top-ranked Irish have lots of problems to deal with.
Arike Ogunbowale overcame poor shooting to finish with 21 points and lead four players in double figures as Notre Dame overcame 19 turnovers and pulled away from Penn in the second half on the way to a 75-55 victory on Monday night.
Ogunbowale, No. 1 Irish open with 103-58 rout of Harvard
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame didn't need any heroics from Arike Ogunbowale in its season opener. Three efficient quarters was more than enough.
Ogunbowale scored 30 points in 25 minutes before sitting out the fourth quarter as the top-ranked Irish opened their national title defense with a 103-58 victory over Harvard on Friday.
Toss up the ball, college hoops ready for early start date
NEW YORK (AP) — College basketball season begins Tuesday — the earliest it's ever started. Muffet McGraw and Geno Auriemma aren't thrilled about that, either.
A sport that used to start official practice around Oct. 15 and have its first games at Thanksgiving is now beginning nearly three weeks sooner. Add that to the summer and preseason workouts that are allowed, and it's nearly a year-round sport.
Tuesday will feature almost 100 women's games and 150 for the men.
Notre Dame No. 1 in women’s college basketball poll
NEW YORK (AP) — Muffet McGraw and Notre Dame start the new season where they left off — atop women's college basketball.
The Irish were the unanimous No. 1 team in The Associated Press women's basketball preseason poll that was released Wednesday.
Notre Dame’s McGraw: Irish want ‘to prove something again’
NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a busy few months for Muffet McGraw and her Notre Dame Fighting Irish after they won the national championship in April on a last-second shot by Arike Ogunbowale.
There were award ceremonies, a trip to the ESPYs and Ogunbowale's appearance on "Dancing with the Stars." Now with the season beginning in a little over a week, the Irish are focused on the new task at hand rather than with the idea of defending the title.
Notre Dame roster loaded for run at another women’s title
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Muffet McGraw has spent most of her college coaching career being the hunter. Notre Dame and its coach will be the hunted this season.
That's to be expected when you have a past All-American and a promising sophomore returning from ACL injuries, one of the nation's top recruiting classes and almost every player back from a surprising NCAA championship team — including "Ice Twice" herself, senior Arike Ogunbowale.
NEW YORK (AP) — NCAA championship coaches Jay Wright of Villanova and Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame will be this year's recipients of the Joe Lapchick Character Award.
Wright guided the Wildcats to their second title in three years while McGraw led the Irish to their first national championship since 2001. The pair of coaches will be honored along with Solly Walker, the first African-American to play basketball at St. John's, at a luncheon on Sept. 21.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale put an exclamation point on a thrilling women's college basketball season.
Her off-balance 3-pointer in the title game capped a record comeback by Notre Dame and an incredible weekend for the sport. The Final Four got started with two stirring overtime games — the first time that's happened. The weekend ended with a historic championship game that left the sellout crowd amazed.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It took a historic comeback and an epic shot to give Notre Dame its second national championship.
The last-second 3-pointer by Arike Ogunbowale that lifted the Irish over Mississippi State 61-58 Sunday night was a riveting — and fitting — conclusion to the greatest women's Final Four, and maybe any basketball championship.
Coach Muffet McGraw's team has been the comeback queens of the NCAA Tournament, with Ogunbowale conjuring a bit of magic, not once, but twice.
News and notes from the NCAA women’s Final Four
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — So how do they top that?
The two national women's semifinal games Friday night were packed with drama, lead-changes, emotion and huge shots that sent the games into overtime.
Mississippi State's Roshunda Johnson hit the tying 3-pointer with seven seconds left to take the first game into overtime. The Bulldogs then outlasted Louisville in OT to earn their second national title game berth in as many years.
Jeff Jacobs: Yes, it sucks for UConn, but it was great for women’s basketball
COLUMBUS, Ohio — When it was over, after Arike Ogunbowale had jab stepped and jabbed the piercing blow into UConn’s heart, Azura Stevens, tears in her eyes, could only shake her head and manage two words.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale swished her jumper with a second left and jumped to celebrate. In one joyous moment, she knew exactly how Mississippi State's Morgan William felt one year earlier.
It's an incredible feeling to beat the best in overtime.
And now, the teams that are already part of Final Four lore for pulling off the big upsets of UConn will play each other for a title of their own.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Do not be afraid. As Charles Barkley would say, don’t be scurred.
If you are a 30-minute-a-year fan, worse if you a 30-minute-a-year expert, don’t be afraid to actually watch women’s basketball. You will not go blind. You will not contract incurable diseases.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw called this the toughest year of her Hall of Fame career. Having four players go down for the season with ACL injuries will do that.
She still won The Associated Press women's basketball Coach of the Year on Thursday after getting the Irish to a 33-3 record and the team's first trip to the Final Four in three seasons.
Columbus, Ohio — The two head coaches were at a Final Four welcome event Wednesday evening when UConn's Geno Auriemma bumped into Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw.
McGraw wins AP women’s college hoops coach of the year
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw is The Associated Press women's college basketball Coach of the Year for the fourth time.
This might be McGraw's best coaching job. She lost four players over the course of the season to ACL injuries and still managed to go 32-3.
She was presented the award Thursday after receiving 10 of the votes from a 32-member national media panel.
Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw is The Associated Press women’s college basketball coach of the year
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw is The Associated Press women's college basketball coach of the year .
UConn, Notre Dame ready to resume rivalry in Final Four
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It wasn't long ago Geno Auriemma and Muffet McGraw were constantly on each other's minds.
That's what happens when you coach two of the nation's best teams and play in the same conference. UConn and Notre Dame would play four times a season, heightening the intensity of one of the best rivalries in women's college basketball.