2017-18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Women's Basketball Team
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2017%E2%80%9318 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Women's Basketball Team
2017-18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball
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NCAA Tournament National Champions
ACC regular season co-champions
Gulf Coast Showcase champions
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 5
2017-18 record35-3 (15-1 ACC)
Head coachMuffet McGraw (31st season)
Associate head coachCarol Owens (18th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaEdmund P. Joyce Center
Seasons
← 2016-17
2018-19 →
2017-18 ACC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 Louisville *+ 15 1   .938     36 3   .923
No. 5 Notre Dame 15 1   .938     35 3   .921
No. 11 Florida State 12 4   .750     26 7   .788
No. 21 NC State 11 5   .688     26 9   .743
No. 20 Duke 11 5   .688     24 9   .727
Syracuse 10 6   .625     22 9   .710
Miami (FL) 10 6   .625     21 11   .656
Virginia 10 6   .625     19 14   .576
Virginia Tech 6 10   .375     23 14   .622
Georgia Tech 6 10   .375     20 14   .588
Wake Forest 5 11   .313     14 17   .452
North Carolina 4 12   .250     15 16   .484
Pittsburgh 2 14   .125     10 20   .333
Boston College 2 14   .125     7 23   .233
Clemson 1 15   .063     11 19   .367
+ 2018 ACC Tournament winner
*Tournament #1 seed
As of 31 March 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017-18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 2017-18 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Fighting Irish, led by thirty-first year head coach Muffet McGraw, played their home games at Edmund P. Joyce Center as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. McGraw was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame at the start of the season. The Irish finished the season 35-3, 15-1 in ACC play to earn a share of the regular season championship. They defeated Virginia and Florida State before losing to Louisville in the ACC Women's Tournament championship. They received an at-large bid as the No. 1 seed in the Spokane region. They defeated Cal State Northridge and Villanova to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. There they defeated Texas A&M and Oregon to advance to the Final Four. After upsetting then-unbeaten Connecticut 91-89 in overtime in the Final Four, Notre Dame played Mississippi State in the national championship. The Irish edged the Bulldogs 61-58 by Arike Ogunbowale's three-pointer with 0.1 seconds left on the clock, capturing their second national title in 18 years. The Irish became the first team in NCAA Women's Basketball history to trail by double digits in both the semifinal and National Championship games and come back to win.

Despite the team's record, its appearance in the championship game was seen as surprising because of its severely depleted roster. Two players missed the entire season to torn ACLs, and two others were lost to the same injury in December; this rash of injuries left the Irish with only seven scholarship players. Brianna Turner, an All-American forward in 2016-17, was injured in the 2017 NCAA tournament; senior guard Mychal Johnson was lost in a preseason practice, freshman center Mikayla Vaughn only played 6 games; and starting senior point guard Lili Thompson was lost on New Year's Eve. Before the championship game, McGraw told media, "I didn't think we'd have more ACL tears than losses. I think it's just an amazing accomplishment for this team and the resilience they've shown all year."[1][2]

Offseason

Departures

Name Number Pos. Height Year Hometown Notes
Lindsay Allen 15 G 5'8" Senior Mitchellville, MD Graduated
Erin Boley 22 F 6'2" Freshman Hodgenville, KY Transferred to Oregon[3]
Ali Patberg 20 G 5'10" Sophomore Columbus, IN Transferred to Indiana
Diamond Thompson 35 C 6'5" Senior Wheaton, IL Graduated

Roster

Media

All Notre Dame games will air on WHPZ Pulse 96.9 FM. Games are streamed online live.

Rankings

Regular Season Polls
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Final
AP 6 6 6 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 N/A
Coaches 5 N/A 6 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 6 6 1 (32)
Legend
  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
(RV)   Received Votes

Schedule and results

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
*
W  
(7,268)
Regular season
*
W   1-0
(7,418)
*
W   2-0
(5,061)
*
W   3-0
(7,570)
*

W   4-0

*

W   5-0

*

W   6-0

*

W   7-0
(3,100)
*

L   7-1
(15,564)
*
W   8-1
(9,149)
*
W   9-1
(1,647)
*
W   10-1
(8,503)
*
W  OT 11-1
(7,456)

W   12-1
(1-0)
(8,288)

W   13-1
(2-0)
(731)

W   14-1
(3-0)
(7,828)

W   15-1
(4-0)
(1,601)

L   15-2
(4-1)
(12,614)

W   16-2
(5-1)
(8,208)
*
W   17-2
(8,733)

W   18-2
(6-1)
(8,479)

W   19-2
(7-1)
(760)

W   20-2
(8-1)
(9,498)

W   21-2
(9-1)
(7,617)

W   22-2
(10-1)
(5,724)

W   23-2
(11-1)
(8,421)

W   24-2
(12-1)
(3,038)

W   25-2
(13-1)
(2,009)

W   26-2
(14-1)
(8,053)

W   27-2
(15-1)
(8,786)
ACC Women's Tournament


W   28-2



W   29-2
(6,160)


L   29-3
(7,424)
NCAA Women's Tournament
*

W   30-3

*

W   31-3
(4,249)
*

W   32-3

*

W   33-3
(5,226)
*

W  OT 34-3
(19,564)
*

W   35-3
(19,599)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. S=Spokane Region.
All times are in Eastern.

Source[4]

References

  1. ^ Mandell, Nina (March 31, 2018). "Notre Dame players suffered four ACL injuries this year. But they're still on the brink of a national title". USA Today. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (April 2, 2018). "Unlikely buzzer-beating shot brings unlikely title for Muffet McGraw's resilient Fighting Irish". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Karell, Daniel (May 30, 2017). "Elizabethtown's Erin Boley picks Oregon as destination after leaving Notre Dame". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, KY. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "2017-18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball schedule". Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

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