Nov. 22, 1997
Notre Dame Women's Basketball Goes West
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Notre Dame women's basketball team went 1-1 to open up the 1997-98 campaign. The Irish won their season opener at home against Butler 71-65, but then dropped an 80-62 decision at 19th-ranked Duke.
The Week Ahead: Notre Dame, 1-1, continues a four-game road swing when the Irish travel to the West coast to face UC Santa Barbara on Friday, November 28 at 7:00 p.m. (PST) and UCLA on Sunday, November 30 at noon (PST).Probable Irish Starting Lineup:
1997-98 PPG. RPG. 3 Mollie Peirick 5-11 Sr. G 11.5 7.0 50 Kelley Siemon 6-2 Fr. F 10.5 4.5 32 Julie Henderson 6-3 So. C 9.5 5.5 12 Danielle Green 5-8 Jr. G 7.5 4.0 20 Sheila McMillen 5-10 Jr. G 12.0 2.0The Week in Review:
Notre Dame opened up the 1997-98 season by going 1-1 in action last week.
BUTLER - Behind junior guard Sheila McMillen's (Rochester, Ind.) 17 points, Notre Dame held off a second-half rally by Butler as the Irish went on to post a 71-65 victory. McMillen led three Notre Dame players in double figures.
Notre Dame started strong in the first half as the Irish built an early double-digit lead and led by as many 22 with 4:20 in the first half. Notre Dame held the Bulldogs to 23.8 percent shooting in the first half and forced 12 turnovers en route to a 15-point halftime advantage (39-24).
Butler began the second half with a 13-6 run which cut the lead to eight, 45-37 with 13:53 left in the contest. Notre Dame then scored six straight points to build a 14-point lead on McMillen's two free throws and back-to-back jumpers by she and Julie Henderson (Ann Arbor, Mich.).
The teams traded baskets and the Irish led 58-46 with 7:35 remaining in the contest. Butler cut the lead to four several times down the stretch, but down the stretch, Notre Dame kept its poise.
In addition to McMillen, Mollie Peirick (Eureka, Mo.) and Kelley Siemon (Edina, Minn.) were also in double figures as they scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Peirick also finished with a game-high eight assists.
Butler's Jennifer Marlow led all scorers with 20 points, while Sarah Schuetz chipped in 16, including 14 in the second half. Sarah Hurrle finished with a game-high 11 rebounds.
DUKE - Nicole Erickson led four Duke starters in double figures as the Irish dropped an 80-62 decision to the 19th-ranked Blue Devils.
Notre Dame, which trailed 38-29 at the half, fought its way back in the second half and cut the deficit to one, 55-54, with 8:13 left to play in the contest on McMillen's driving layup. Following McMillen's basket, back-to-back layups by Peppi Brown and Naz Medhanie put Duke up by five. Henderson's eight-foot jumper cut the lead to three (59-56) with 7:16 to play, but then the Blue Devils used an 18-6 spurt over the next seven minutes to put the game away.
Erickson hit all six of her three-point attempts as she finished with a game-high 18 points to lead four Blue Devils in double figures.
Peirick led Notre Dame with 11 points, while Siemon and Henderson added 10 points each. Peirick also finished with a game-high nine rebounds.
The Irish committed just six turnovers in the second half after having 12 in the first half.
For the second straight game, the Irish struggled from the free throw line hitting just 13 of its 26 attempts. Duke also was inconsistent from the charity stripe hitting only 54.3 percent (19 of 35). The two teams were whistled for 52 fouls in the contest.
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:
UC Santa Barbara -
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:
Getting Their Starts:
Hills, Haney Sign With Irish:
Hills, rated the third best player in the state of Florida, is 34th on Blue Star Basketball's list of top 60 seniors 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.
Haney, rated the 49th best senior by Blue Star Basketball, led her Toledo Catholic Central squad in scoring (16.0 ppg.), rebounding (12.0 rpg.) and blocked shots (3.0 blks.) last season. She earned first-team all-state, all-city and all-district honors as a junior.
An AAU All-American, she is a track standout and High School All-American in the 100-meter hurdles.
Irish On BIG EAST TV:
Irish Picked Second in BIG EAST 6:
BIG EAST 7 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. Pittsburgh
Free Throw Woes:
November 10 Mon. BRISBANE BLAZERS W, 103-92 (3OT) (Exhibition) 13 Thurs. SLAVYANKA (Russia) W, 66-34 (Exhibition) 18 Tues. BUTLER W, 71-65 22 Sat. at Duke (19/19) L, 62-80 28 Fri. at UC Santa Barbara 7:00 p.m. 30 Sun. at UCLA Noon December 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* 7:00 p.m. 24 Tue. RUTGERS* 7:00 p.m. 28 Sat. BIG EAST TOURNAMENT TBA March 3- Tue. (Louis Brown Athletic Center - Rutgers University) *BIG EAST Conference game ( ) ranking at time of game in Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls