Jan. 22, 2000
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - No. 5 Notre Dame relied on one of its unsung
players to hold off Miami.
Danielle Green, making her sixth start of the season, helped key Notre
Dame's 76-54 victory Saturday with a season-high 22 points.
The Hurricanes (8-8, 2-3 Big East) used a 16-2 run to cut a 19-point deficit
to five with 10 minutes to play. But Notre Dame (15-2, 6-0) went on a 20-3
spurt of its own to end the game.
Green had eight points in the decisive run to give the Irish their 11th
"We came out well and then we started to make plans for after the game,"
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "We lost our intensity a little bit
there, but Danielle Green had an outstanding game. She played well at both ends
of the floor. She made big plays for us when we really needed to score when
they cut it (to five) and I thought that was the difference in the game."
Perhaps an even bigger difference was Notre Dame's domination in the post.
The Irish scored 48 points on layups, including 14 of the 20 points in the
final run, and outrebounded the Hurricanes 40-27.
The easy shots translated into 54-percent shooting for the Irish. Post
players Ruth Riley and Julie Henderson went a combined 10-of-16 with 28 points.
Henderson had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Martha Bodley
scored 13 points to pace the Hurricanes, who shot 39 percent from the field and
committed 23 turnovers.
But Green led the way from the beginning. Her steal and layup to begin the
contest helped Notre Dame go on a 12-0 run to open the game. The Irish never
trailed even though Miami cut it close in the second half.
"We're a veteran team," Green said. "We're used to stretches like that
where we don't score and other teams make some runs. We kept our composure and
because we are a mature team we are able to overcome adversity like that and
put teams away."
Green also had six assists and three steals to one turnover. Her season
finally seems to be on track after she served a three-game suspension for
disciplinary reasons in December.
She has started the last five games and took the spotlight on Saturday away
from more heralded teammates Riley and Alicia Ratay.
"Danielle Green, she'll sneak up on you," Miami coach Ferne Labati said.
"She is not in the limelight as much as you look at her stats. You can't shut
down everybody on a team. So you try to do to or three people. She had a great