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Nov. 22, 2009

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Notre Dame Women's Basketball
Notre Dame vs. Iona
November 22, 2009 - Purcell Pavilion, Notre Dame, Ind.

Notre Dame Quotes

Head Coach Muffet McGraw

"I really like the energy and the intensity that we brought in the second half to our defense. I thought that Fraderica Miller got up and pressured the ball. That's what we wanted to see the whole game. Becca (Bruszewski) got us off to a great start. In the beginning of the game she came out ready and her first couple of baskets calmed everybody down. Brittany Mallory came off of the bench and played extremely well too."

"I was pretty pleased with a lot of what we did defensively. We did a great job on Mclean; she's a great player. Becca was the key defender in that game."

In response to the offensive performance being less than sharp...
"I thought that were a little complacent offensively. We weren't as sharp as we needed to be. I think we got up 11-2 and thought 'let's pack our bags, we're going to the Virgin Islands...who's got the sunscreen?' That's where I thought Fred (Fraderica Miller) and Skylar (Diggins) came in to give us a big lift. "

On the carry-over from Thursday's one-point win at #21 Michigan State...
"I don't think we've recovered yet. We practiced okay on Friday and Saturday, but I didn't think it was too the level that we've been working. I didn't feel like there was great intensity and I think that showed a little bit tonight so my goal tomorrow will be to bring that intensity back ... and I think I can do it. (laughter)"

Freshman guard Skylar Diggins

On the mismatch at the guard position and the team's defensive mindset...
"We really wanted to put some pressure on their guards, because we knew that they had a great post player and we wanted to make sure that it was hard for them to get the ball into her. We wanted to get some time off of the shot clock, and make them waste time and worry about handling the ball. I think that led to some steals and us getting out in transition and trying to push the ball."

Junior forward Becca Bruszewski

On doing anything special in getting early momentum...
"I was sticking inside getting easy buckets. I hit the one three, but I was wide open."

On coming off of a tough road game...
"Our legs were a little tired, but a lot of people have been in the ice bath; it has been on us to get in and do that, because there are no excuses. There was a little difference tonight, and I'm pretty sure it was our lack of intensity at practice over the past couple of days."

Iona Quotes

Iona Head Coach Anthony Bozzella

On the game...
"We played the fifth ranked team in the country today and I thought they played very well. Muffet McGraw is such a great coach, obviously, because she changes her style to suit the type of players that she has. We struggled with the press, and that is a credit to her and how they are coached in the press and how hard their kids play. They made us look poor. Clearly, they took it at us today and we worked on this for a day and a half and I give them a lot of credit for that."

On the number of turnovers his team committed...
"You know, obviously we don't have the type of athletes that Notre Dame does. I think we made some poor decisions. They outscored us 34 to 10 based on turnovers. We would have loved to have pressed them, but clearly we are not at that level yet. While I am extremely disappointed with some of our decisions, I also give Notre Dame credit for making us make those decisions."

 

 

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)

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

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November 17
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November 20
3:00 PM
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8:00 PM
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November 26
1:00 PM
TCU
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November 30
9:00 PM
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Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

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

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

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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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