Nov. 17, 1997
Notre Dame Opens up 1997-98 Game at Home Versus Butler on November 18
Irish Face First Road Test of Campaign at #19 Duke on November 22
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Notre Dame women's basketball team played two exhibition games in preparation for its 1997-98 season opener. The Irish were 2-0 in both exhibition tests as they beat the Brisbane Blazers 103-92 in triple overtime and Slavyanka (Russia).
The Week Ahead: Notre Dame, 31-7 a year ago, opens up the campaign at home against Butler on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Joyce Center. The game will be televised live on WTBU in Indianapolis. The Irish then play the first of four straight road when they travel to Durham, N.C. to face the 19th-ranked Blue Devils in a 7:00 p.m. tipoff at Cameron Indoor Stadium.Probable Irish Starting Lineup:
1996-97 PPG. RPG. 50 Kelley Siemon 6-2 Fr. F - - 32 Julie Henderson 6-3 So. C 3.0 2.3 3 Mollie Peirick 5-11 Sr. G 7.9 4.1 12 Danielle Green 5-8 Jr. G - - 20 Sheila McMillen 5-10 Jr. G 8.0 2.2The Week in Review:
Notre Dame was 2-0 in its exhibition contests last week.BRISBANE BLASERS -
SHEILA McMILLEN (Rochester, Ind.) and DANIELLE GREEN (Chicago, Ill.) combined for 45 points to lead five Notre Dame players in double figures as the Irish defeated the Brisbane Blasers 103-92 in triple overtime. McMillen scored a game-high 25 points and Green added 20 to lead the Irish to the victory.
Notre Dame held the visitors scoreless in the third overtime period outscoring Brisbane 11-0. Nine of 12 shooting from the charity stripe and a jumper by McMillen accounted for the Irish scoring in the third five-minute overtime session.
The Irish came out strong in the first half and led by as many as 22 with 1:45 remaining before halftime, but Brisbane cut the lead to 12 (47-35) just before intermission as Notre Dame committed several turnovers in the final two minutes of the first half.
Notre Dame maintained the lead for most of the second half and led by as many as nine with 10:50 left to play before Brisbane whent on an 11-2 run over the next 1:30 to tie the game at 66-66 with 8:44 left in regulation.
The Blazers took a 71-70 lead in the game, its first since leading 2-0 10 seconds into the contest. Notre Dame trailed by six, 76-70, with just under four minutes to play in the game, but the Irish used an 8-2 run at the end of regulation to tie the game at 78-78 on Mollie Peirick's (Eureka, Mo.) two free throws.
The lead see-sawed back and forth in both the first and second overtime periods. There were four lead changes in the first five minutes with no team gaining more than a two-point advantage. Notre Dame held a slim 87-85 lead with 1:18 left to play in the first overtime, but Brisbane tied it up with 54 seconds left.
The Irish fell behind by many as four, 91-87, with less than two minutes to go in the second overtime, but Notre Dame battled back and allowed Brisbane just one point in the final 3:44 of the second overtime. McMillen's breakaway layup with 24.4 second remaining sent the game into the third overtime.
Brisbane was 0-9 from the field in the third overtime and the final 8:44 of the second and third overtimes without scoring a point.
In addition to McMillen and Green, freshman Kelley Siemon (Edina, Minn.) and sophomore Niele Ivey (St. Louis, Mo.) were in double fitures scoring 13 and 11 points, respectively. Siemon finished with a game-high 13 rebounds along with teammate Julie Henderson (Ann Arbor, Mich.). Notre Dame outrebounded Brisbane 71-41 in the game.
SLAVYANKA (Russia) -
The Irish led throughout the contest and used a tough defense which bothered the visitors all night. Notre Dame held Slavyanka to 23.3 percent shooting for the game (14 of 60) and forced 22 turnovers.
Notre Dame led 31-17 at the half and by as many as 37 in the second half. The Irish began the second half outscoring Slavyanka 20-3 and dominated the boards with a 57-42 rebounding advantage.
Green was the only other player in double figures as she netted 10 points and dished off a game-high six assists. Henderson grabbed nine rebounds, while Siemon finished with eights points and eight rebounds.
The Irish shot 38.8 percent from the field and was just 10 of 22 from the free throw line. After hitting just 35.5 percent from the field in the first half, Notre Dame connected on 42.4 percent from the floor (14 of 33 shots).
Head Coach Muffet McGraw:
Prior to coming to Notre Dame, she spent five seasons at Lehigh where she compiled a 138-69 (.667) record. Under McGraw, the Irish have posted eight 20-win seasons, including four straight (1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96 and 1997-98). As a member of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, her teams won five regular season championships and five tournament crowns. She also guided the Irish to their only three NCAA tournament appearances in school history in 1996, 1994 and 1992. During her tenure, McGraw's Irish teams have averaged 21.3 victories each season. Following the conclusion of the 1995-96 campaign, McGraw was named District II Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).Series Record vs. Upcoming Opponents:
Irish on the Road Early:
Irish on the Internet:
Irish on the Radio:
Notre Dame Sportscentral:
The Muffet McGraw Show:
Throughout the women's basketball season, WHME sports director Bob Nagle and Irish women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw will take a look at highlights from the previous week's competition and preview upcoming games. Features also include individual player profiles, special in-studio guests and a look behind the scenes at Irish women's basketball.
Irish in the Joyce Center:
Green, Ivey Back:
Hills Signs With Irish:
Hills, rated the third best player in the state of Florida, is 43rd on Blue Star Basketball's list of top 80 players in 1997-98. A two-time Class 3A first-team all-state honoree, she was named to the 1997 AAU All-America team after leading her squad to a seventh-place finish at the national tournament.
A three-year starter at Academy of the Holy Names, she has scored 1,853 points during her career, averaging 19.5 ppg. as a junior and 22.0 ppg. as a sophomore.
Green, Ivey Back:
Irish On BIG EAST TV:
Irish Picked Second in BIG EAST 6:
1. Rutgers 1. Connecticut 2. Georgetown 2. NOTRE DAME 3. Miami 3. Boston College 4. Providence 4. West Virginia 5. Seton Hall 5. Villanova 6. Syracuse 6. St. John's 7. PittsburghNovember
10 Mon. BRISBANE BLAZERS W, 103-92 (3OT) 13 Thurs. SLAVYANKA (Russia) W, 66-34 18 Tues. BUTLER 7:00 p.m. 22 Sat. at Duke 7:00 p.m. 28 Fri. at UC Santa Barbara 7:00 p.m. 30 Sun. at UCLA NoonDecember
3 Wed. at Rutgers* 7:30 p.m. 6 Sat. CONNECTICUT* Noon 8 Mon. at Wisconsin 7:00 p.m. 10 Wed. PURDUE 7:00 p.m. 13 Sat. SOUTH FLORIDA 2:00 p.m. 28 Sun. SAN FRANCISCO 2:00 p.m. 31 Wed. at Pittsburgh* 2:00 p.m.January
6 Tues. at Georgetown* 7:00 p.m. 8 Thur. MIAMI* 7:00 p.m. 10 Sat. at St. John's* 2:00 p.m. 14 Wed. WEST VIRGINIA* 7:00 p.m. 17 Sat. at Boston College* 6:00 p.m. 21 Wed. at Syracuse* 7:00 p.m. 24 Sat. PROVIDENCE* 2:00 p.m. 28 Wed. at Villanova* 7:30 p.m. 31 Sat. SETON HALL* 2:00 p.m.February
3 Sun. at MIami* 7:00 p.m. 12 Thur. ST. JOHN'S* 7:00 p.m. 15 Sun. PITTSBURGH* 2:00 p.m. 18 Wed. GEORGETOWN* 7:00 p.m. 21 Sat. at Connecticut* W, 97-74 24 Tue. RUTGERS* 7:00 p.m. 28 Sat. BIG EAST TOURNAMENT TBAMarch
3 Tue. (Louis Brown Athletic Center - Rutgers University)*BIG EAST Conference game