Notre Dame Women’s College Preview with Notre Dame Head Women’s Basketball Coach Muffet McGraw
In Women’s College Basketball there are many storied programs and Notre Dame is right up there and Head Coach Muffet McGraw is entering in her 29th year as the head coach.
Notre Dame is currently 2-1 on the year and heading into the Gulf Coast Showcase this weekend. McGraw admits so far it’s a work in progress. “It’s been going pretty well with 2 big road wins and still trying to keep the pieces in place but we are getting better every game.” Notre Dame has 2 starters returning from last season in Arike Ogunbowale and Marina Mabrey. Who have been key pieces for the fighting Irish so far this season. “Arike is our leading scorer on our team but she is also so exciting to watch” McGraw said. “She gets the ball in the middle of the floor she is hard to guard but can also post up and plays big minutes for us. Marina Mabrey gives us a three point weapon but she also is a good passer and a good defender” McGraw said. Senior Forward Kathryn Westbeld is still recovering from an injury. Notre Dame also has many new faces coming to the team including freshman forward Danielle Patterson and freshman center Mikayla Vaughan.
After the Gulf Coast Showcase, Notre Dame travels to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan and McGraw thinks that Michigan could be a team on the rise. “Being in Big Ten Country you get to see those guys a lot” McGraw Says. “I think Michigan is a team on the rise” McGraw Said. “They were picked third in the Big Ten Preseason Poll and I think they can win the Big Ten. They have really good inside players and Katelynn Flaherty is just a terrific player because she can score in many different ways and they are a dangerous team especially at home” McGraw Said. After Michigan, Notre Dame will battle with top ranked Connecticut who is once again picked to win the title again. “They are always a tough matchup” McGraw Said. “We really did not give them much of a game last year and we have had some battles with them over the years it’s been a great rivalry over the years and I think the fans have really enjoyed it and we have enjoyed it and I love traveling to Connecticut and they have a great crowd that appreciates good basketball” McGraw Continued
McGraw has also liked the changes the NCAA has made for women’s college basketball. A few years ago the NCAA went from playing 20 minute halves into 4 10 minute quarters. “I love the quarters. It has one less time out and at the end of each quarter, it’s like an end of a game. You have a little excitement at the end if you are able to score. So yeah, I think the quarters are great.” McGraw said.Coach McGraw also suggests that Men’s college basketball should do it as well. “When you look at it, almost every league uses the quarter system and only men’s college basketball plays halves. Kids coming out of the High School games are used to the quarter system. So I think the quarter system is the way to go.” stated McGraw.
Notre Dame will play in the Gulf Coast Showcase this weekend Before traveling to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan at the Crisler Center.