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No. 15 Notre Dame Defeats Michigan, 55-45
Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw waves to the Joyce Center crowd after becoming the 27th NCAA Division I coach to earn 500 career victories.  <i>(AP Photo/Joe Raymond)</i>
 
Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw waves to the Joyce Center crowd after becoming the 27th NCAA Division I coach to earn 500 career victories. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

Nov. 18, 2005

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Most of Notre Dame coach's Muffet McGraw's previous 499 career victories looked a lot better than win No. 500.

She will take the 55-45 victory Friday night over Michigan just the same. Especially after seeing Charel Allen return from a knee injury in last year's NCAA tournament to lead the 15th-ranked Irish with 16 points and Lindsay Schrader get 10 points and 14 rebounds in her debut.

"I've had the opportunity to coach so many great people and I've had great assistant coaches," McGraw said. "There are a lot of great people who helped me get here."

McGraw became the 27th women's coach with 500 wins and the 10th to accomplish the feat before turning 50. Three other active Big East coaches also won 500 before 50: Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer, Connecticut's Geno Auriemma and Villanova's Harry Perreta.

After the victory, McGraw walked into the stands and hugged the Rev. Edward Malloy, C.S.C., who retired as University president in June, just as she had after the Irish won the NCAA championship in 2001.

"It's really an honor to be coaching at Notre Dame," she said. "I'm just so thankful, and that's why I went to Father Malloy first."

She also hugged her husband, Matt, her son, Murphy, athletic director Kevin White and then began hugging her players as the crowd gave her a standing ovation and held up signs with the No. 500 on them.

 

 

It looked for a while like she might have to wait for the milestone victory with the Irish offense struggling. But Allen scored inside with 13:39 left to start a 12-3 run, during which she scored six points as the Irish went ahead 42-38. The Irish opened a 49-43 lead when Allen hit a 16-footer.

"I thought Allen was the player of the game on the offensive end and Lindsay was the defensive player of the game," McGraw said.

Allen missed several easy shots in the first half, but finally got going in the second half.

"The coaches told me to keep shooting and they would eventually go in," she said.

The 14 rebounds by Schrader were the most by an Irish player since Jacqueline Batteast had 18 against Connecticut nearly three years ago. Melissa D'Amico added 10 points for the Irish. Ta'Shia Walker led Michigan with 16 points and nine rebounds, making her first six shots before missing the final four.

"I thought our kids played hard and our defense kept us in the game," Cheryl Burnett said. "Our strategy going in was to stop their post play, which I don't think we did a good job of and to stop (Megan) Duffy, which we did a very good job of."

The Irish outrebounded the Wolverines 54-33.

Event Calendar

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November 3
7:00 PM
Roberts Wesleyan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 11
7:00 PM
Central Michigan Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 14
7:00 PM
WNIT Quarterfinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 17
7:00 PM
WNIT Semifinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 20
3:00 PM
WNIT Final
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

CBS Sports Network
November 22
8:00 PM
UL-Lafayette
Houston, Texas (Campbell Center)
November 26
1:00 PM
TCU
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 30
9:00 PM
Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

BTN
December 4
1:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 7
7:00 PM
UConn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
December 10
8:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
December 18
2:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
December 20
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)

BTN
December 27
6:30 PM
Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn. (McKenzie Arena)
December 29
7:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)

ACC Network Extra
January 2
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavilion)
January 5
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 8
3:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN Flex
January 12
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind.

ACC Network Extra
January 16
7:00 PM
Tennessee
Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

ESPN2
January 19
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
January 22
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Carmichael Arena)

ESPNU
January 26
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 29
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
February 2
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
February 6
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
February 12
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 16
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)
February 19
5:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)

ESPN2
February 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 26
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
March 17
TBA
NCAA First/Second Rounds
TBD
March 24
TBA
NCAA Regionals
TBD
March 31
TBA
NCAA Semifinals
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
April 2
TBA
NCAA Final
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)

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