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    No. 5 Notre Dame Returns Home To Host Georgetown Saturday

    FIGHTING IRISH The Irish have won 10 straight against the Hoyas and own a 12-1 advantage in the series.
    FIGHTING IRISH
    The Irish have won 10 straight against the Hoyas and own a 12-1 advantage in the series.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    Jan. 28, 2000

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame returns home this evening after three straight road games as the Irish (16-2, 7-0) host Georgetown (11-7, 4-3) in the second meeting of the season between the two teams. Coach Muffet McGraw's squad has won 12 straight and owns a school-record 16-game winning streak at the Joyce Center. Georgetown comes into the contest with a four-game winning streak. Three of their last four victories have come on the road.

    The Irish are fifth in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today rankings, which marks all-time highs in both polls during the regular season. Notre Dame is coming off a 69-49 victory which marked the first time this season that the Irish have held an opponent to under 50 points. In their last five outings, McGraw's squad has given up just 52.8 ppg. and have not lost since dropping a 71-61 decision to Purdue on the road on December 8, 1999.

    The Hoyas are coming off of a 61-43 victory on the road at West Virginia on Wednesday night.

    Notre Dame's current 12-game win streak is the longest since the 1990-91 campaign when it won a school-record 15 consecutive contests.

    The Irish have won 10 straight against the Hoyas and own a 12-1 advantage in the series. Georgetown is winless in five visits to the Joyce Center.

    Notre Dame has been ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll 25 of the past 28 weeks, including a school-record 19 consecutive weeks from November 16, 1998 thru November 29, 1999. The Irish have been in the top 10 of the ESPN/USA Today poll for 28 straight weeks

    Date: Saturday, January 28, 2000
    Place: Joyce Center (11,418)
    Time: 7:30 p.m. (EST)
    Radio: All Notre Dame games are broadcast on WJVA-AM (1580 in South Bend). Jeremy Gray provides play-by-play for games.

    Notre Dame Probable Starting Lineup

    No.NameHometownPos.Ht.Cl.PPGRPG
    32Julie Henderson***Ann Arbor, MIF/C6-3Sr.4.94.4
    00Ruth Riley**Macy, IN C6-5Jr.15.17.3
    12Danielle Green***Chicago, ILG5-8Sr.11.73.3
    22Alicia RatayLake Zurich, ILG5-11Fr.14.65.2
    33Niele Ivey** St. Louis, MO G5-8Sr.11.23.3

    Off The Bench

    No.NameHometownPos.Ht.Cl.PPGRPG
    3Ericka HaneyToledo, OHG/F6-1So.6.84.1
    11Karen SwansonWestlake, OHG5-7Fr.0.90.3
    23Monique HernandezRio Rancho, NMG5-9Fr.2.60.9
    31Amanda BarksdaleFriendswood, TXF6-3Fr.0.61.0
    41Imani Dunbar**San Angelo, TXG5-7Jr.1.11.8
    44Meaghan Leahy*Wilbraham, MAF6-4So.2.82.7
    50Kelley Siemon**Edina, MNF6-2Jr.6.14.4

    * - Indicates monograms won

    Series Record
    Notre Dame leads 12-1
    Home: 5-0 Away: 6-0 Neutral: 11

    DateSiteScore
    1-6-83Washington, DCW78-68
    12-8-84Notre Dame, INW72-49
    12-2-88Richmond, VA*L60-70
    12-30-92Notre Dame, IN (ot)W78-72
    12-30-93Washington, DCW83-62
    1-21-96Notre Dame, INW92-61
    2-10-96Washington, DCW81-63
    1-25-97Notre Dame, INW67-63
    3-3-97Storrs, CT!W83-43
    1-6-98Washington, DCW69-44
    2-18-98Notre Dame, INW80-54
    1-2-99Washington, DCW93-61
    1-8-00Washington, DCW82-60

    Series ScoringTotalAverage
    Notre Dame101678.2
    Georgetown77059.2

    Current Win Streak: Notre Dame, 10 games
    McGraw vs. Georgetown: 10-1
    ND Biggest Win: 40 (83-43 on 3-3-97)
    GU Biggest Win: 10 (70-60 on 12-2-88)
    ND Longest Win Streak: 9 (from 1983-99)
    GU Longest Win Streak: 1 (1988)

    ST. JOHN'S REVIEW - Notre Dame held an opponent to under 50 points for the first time this season as the Irish earned their 12th straight win with a 69-49 victory over St. John's. The Red Storm shot just 23.9 percent from the field, the lowest shooting percentage by an Irish opponent this season, while Notre Dame hit 49.0 percent of its shots. Ruth Riley and Danielle Green were the only two Irish players in double figures as they scored 16 points each. Notre Dame had a 46-40 advantage on the boards. Kelley Siemon led the Irish with a season-high nine rebounds in the contest.

    NOTRE DAME-GEORGETOWN (PART I) - Alicia Ratay and Ruth Riley combined for 41 of Notre Dame's 82 points in leading the Irish to an 82-60 BIG EAST road win over the Hoyas. Ratay topped the 20-point mark for the third time this season as she scored 23 points. The Irish rookie was eight-for-14 from the field and finished with four three-pointers in the contest. Riley recorded her first double-double of the season as she finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Riley made four field goals in the game and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Danielle Green was the only other Irish player in double figures as she scored 12 points.

    Notre Dame shot 49.1 percent from the field and owned a 47-35 rebounding advantage. The Irish also went to the free throw line 31 times, hitting on 24 of those attemtps. McGraw's squad held the Hoyas to just 32.3 percent accuracy from the field.

    1999-2000 BIG EAST STANDINGS
    (through games of Jan. 28)

    BIG EAST Overall
    RecordRecord
    Connecticut7-018-0
    NOTRE DAME7-016-2
    Boston College5-116-4
    Rutgers6-213-4
    Georgetown4-311-7
    Providence4-39-8
    Villanova3-310-7
    Pittsburgh3-412-6
    Miami2-48-9
    Syracuse1-48-8
    St. John's1-76-12
    Seton Hall0-56-9
    West Virginia0-75-13

    1999-2000 BIG EAST WEEKLY AWARDS

    Player of the Week
    Nov. 22Becky Gottstein (BC)
    Jen Gombotz (PC)
    Nov. 29Shea Ralph (UC)
    Dec. 6Ruth Riley (ND)
    Swin Cash (UC)
    Dec. 13Becky Gottstein (BC)
    Katie Smrcka-Duffy (GU)
    Dec. 20Cal Bouchard (BC)
    Shawnetta Stewart (RU)
    Dec. 27Shanetta Stewart (RU)
    Svetlana Abrosimova (UC)
    Jan. 3Becky Gottstein (BC)
    Monika Roberts (PC)
    Jan. 10Sue Bird (UC)
    Jan. 17Jenea Skeeters (VU)
    Niele Ivey (ND)
    Jan. 24Beth Record (SU)

    Rookie of the Week

    Nov. 22Amanda Papuga (UM)
    Nov. 29Shannon Perry (SU)
    Trish Juhline (VU)
    Dec. 6Alicia Ratay (ND)
    Dec. 13Santia Jackson (GU)
    Dec. 20Alicia Ratay (ND)
    Dec. 27Kennitra Johnson (UC)
    Jan. 3Mandy Wittenmyer (UP)
    Jan. 10Alicia Ratay (ND)
    Brooke Stewart (UP)
    Jan. 17Alicia Hartlaub (UM)
    Jan. 24Shannon Perry (SU)

    TOUGH TO SCORE ON - Notre Dame's defense currently is yielding just 60.4 points per game to its opponents in 18 games overall, and in its six BIG EAST wins has given up just 54.0 ppg. In its last 12 games, no opponent has scored more than 63 points. The Irish held St. John's to 49 points, the fewest yielded by opponent this season. In the last 12 games, Notre Dame is giving up just 56.3 points per outing.

    RILEY HAS HIGH SCHOOL NUMBER RETIRED - Notre Dame junior Ruth Riley had her high school number ?25? retired at North Miami High School (Indiana) on Thursday night (January 6). The Macy, Ind., native was a standout in three sports - basketball, volleyball and track. She is the first such athlete from her high school to have her number retired.

    IVEY NAMED FINALIST FOR ST. LOUIS COLLEGE SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR - Niele Ivey, a native of St. Louis, Mo., and product of Cor Jesu High School, has been named a finalist for the College Sportswoman of the Year award which is being presented by the St. Louis Association for Girls and Women in Sport. The winner will be announced on Thursday, February 10 at the Regal Riverfront Hotel in St. Louis. Nominees for the award are those from the St. Louis area who have distinguished themselves in the community and the athletic arena.

    FOLLOW RUTH ON THE WEB - A website highlighting the season accomplishments of Irish junior center Ruth Riley has been created on the official Notre Dame athletic department website (www.und.com). Information (season and career statistics and audio updates) can be found at www.und.com/ruthriley/.

    IRISH TOUGH AT HOME AGAINST BIG EAST FOES - Notre Dame has compiled a 37-3 (.925) record against BIG EAST opponents at the Joyce Center since joining the league in 1995-96. All three of those losses have been to Connecticut. Notre Dame was a perfect 9-0 at the Joyce Center in league action during the 1996-97 campaign.

    16 AND COUNTING - Notre Dame won its 16th consecutive home game (a school record) with its 71-56 victory over Syracuse on January 15. The former mark of 15 was set on two previous occasions before the current win streak. The 16-game Joyce Center streak began on December 10, 1998 when the Irish defeated Villanova 63-62. That win followed a 106-81 setback to Connecticut on December 8, 1998 which snapped a 15-game win streak at the Joyce Center. The 16-game homecourt win streak currently is the 11th longest among NCAA Division I women's basketball schools. Tonight's contest is the first since the Irish beat the Orangewomen to establish the record.

    HELPING PUT THE BIG IN THE BIG EAST - During its four-plus seasons as a member of the BIG EAST Conference, Notre Dame has proven to be one of the league's most dominant teams. The Irish have a 66-13 record (83.5 percent) in regular season games and an 8-4 mark (66.7 percent) in BIG EAST tournament action for an overall record of 74-17 (81.3 percent) against league opponents. Of Notre Dame's 17 league losses, 10 have come against Connecticut. The Irish have lost to four other teams in the BIG EAST - Rutgers (three times), Boston College (twice), Villanova and Miami. All of the losses to those teams have come on the road.

    GREEN NETS SEASON-HIGH AGAINST HURRICANES - Danielle Green topped the 20-point mark for the first time this season in scoring a season-high 22 points against Miami. It marked the seventh time in her career that she scored 20 or more points in a game. Last season, Green netted 20-plus points in five contests contests a year ago, including the first three games of the 1998-99 campaign.

    HENDERSON GETS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE DOUBLE - Senior Julie Henderson had her first career double-double against Miami as she scored a season-high 13 points and grabbed a personal best 11 rebounds. It was the first time this season that Henderson had scored in double digits and marked the first time in her career with 10 or more rebounds.

    A BIG ASSIST - For the second straight year, Niele Ivey has dished off 100-plus assists and has 406 in her career. Ivey reached the 400-assist mark against Pittsburgh on January 18 and is just the fifth Notre Dame player to reach that mark. She ranks eighth nationally with a 6.7 assist-per-game average and has dished off eight or more assists in nine of Notre Dame's last 12 games. Ivey is averaging 7.2 assists in those contests and has dished off 10 or more assists in four games this season.

    GREEN APPROACHING 1,000 POINTS - Danielle Green needs just 57 points (she has 943) to become the 16th player in Irish women's basketball history to score 1,000 points. She would become the second player this season to reach the milestone. Earlier in the season, junior Ruth Riley reached the 1000-point mark.

    RILEY STREAK SNAPPED - Ruth Riley failed to reach double figures for just the second time this season in scoring nine points against West Virginia on January 5. After being held scoreless for the first time in her career (64 games) in the season opener against Toledo, Riley came back to score in double figures in 10 consecutive games. She has scored 20-plus points twice this season as she netted a season-high 32 points against Liberty on December 5 which marked the third 30-point performance of her career. Riley also had 20 points in a win over Florida International at the Orange Bowl Women's Basketball Fab Four. She leads the team in scoring as she is averaging 15.1 ppg. Riley has scored in double figures in 62 of 81 career games.

    RILEY'S DOUBLE-DOUBLES - Ruth Riley, who led Notre Dame and the BIG EAST Conference with 12 double-doubles last season, registered her third double-double in four games as she scored 12 points and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds against PIttsburgh on January 18. She posted back-to-back double-double performances in in early January against Georgetown and Seton Hall. Riley had 18 points and 13 rebounds versus the Hoyas which marked her first double-double of the season, and then followed that with a 17-point and 13-rebound performance in a win over Seton Hall. She has 24 career double-doubles and has grabbed 10 or more rebounds 25 times in her career

    FRESHMAN FOLLIES - Freshman guard Alicia Ratay is second on the team in both scoring (15.1) and third in rebounding (5.2). Ratay, a three-time BIG EAST rookie-of-the-week honoree, has topped the 20-point mark three times this season, including a 32-point performance against North Carolina which marked just the second 30-point performance by an Irish rookie in the 22-year history of the program. Ratay led Notre Dame in scoring for the eighth time this season against Pittsburgh on January 18 as she scored a game-high 17 points. She has reached double figures in 11 contests this season.

    IRISH CAPTURE WACHOVIA WOMEN'S INVITATIONAL - Notre Dame captured the Wachovia Women's Invitational Tournament in Richmond, Va., as the Irish beat North Carolina and Liberty in the seventh annual event. The tournament is recognized as one of the most prestigious in-season events.

    Junior center Ruth Riley was named MVP of the tournament in addition to being selected along with freshman Alicia Ratay to the all-tournament team. Riley scored 32 points (the third 30-point performance of her career) against Liberty in the championship game as she connected on 12-of-14 shots from the field and was a perfect eight-for-eight from the free throw line. In addition, she had seven rebounds and two blocked shots in 29 minutes of action. Against North Carolina, she registered 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots in 28 minutes. For the tournament she averaged 22.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots. Riley also was 17-of-22 (.773) from the field and a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe.

    Ratay had the first 30-point performance of her career, and second-ever by a Notre Dame freshman, when she tossed in 32 points on a 12-for-15 shooting performance against North Carolina. The Irish rookie also hit six-of-eight from three-point range. In the championship tilt, she was the only other Notre Dame player in double figures as she netted 17 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished off five assists playing a season-high 36 minutes. For the tournament, she averaged 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals. Ratay shot 18-of-25 (.720) percent from the field and was seven-for-11 (.636) from three-point range.

    IRISH IN THE NCAA STATISTICS

    Ruth RileyField Goal Pct. (10th)
    Blocked Shots (3rd)
    Niele IveyAssists (8th)
    Alicia Ratay3pt. Field Goal Pct. (10th)
    TeamField Goal Pct. (7th)
    3pt. Field Goal Pct. (8th)
    Won-Lost Pct. (7th)
    Field Goal Pct. Defense (12th)

    POLL WATCHING - Notre Dame is ranked fifth (an all-time high) in the Associated Press and sixth in the ESPN/USA Today rankings this week. The Irish have been been ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll 24 of the last 27 weeks over the past two seasons. The Irish slipped out of the top 10 (after a school-record 19 consecutive weeks there) on November 29, 1999, prior to that, Notre Dame had held a spot in the top 10 of every poll dating back to November 16, 1998. Coach Muffet McGraw's squad has now been ranked 27 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the ESPN/USA Today ranking. Notre Dame has earned a top 25 ranking for a school-record 30 consecutive weeks, breaking the old mark of 24 weeks set from February 5, 1996 thru March 10, 1997.

    NOTRE DAME POLL WATCHING
    (Week By Week)

    DateAPESPN/USA Today
    Preseason89
    Nov. 1579
    Nov. 2266
    Nov. 29118
    Dec. 676
    Dec. 13117
    Dec. 20128
    Dec. 27108
    Jan. 386
    Jan. 1066
    Jan. 1756
    Jan. 245* 5*

    *all-time regular-season high

    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    (Week of Jan. 24)

    LW
    1.Connecticut1
    2.Louisiana Tech3
    3.Georgia7
    4.Tennessee2
    5. NOTRE DAME5
    6. Iowa State8
    7.Penn State4
    8.North Carolina State6
    9.Duke9
    10.UCLA12
    11.Auburn10
    12.LSU14
    13.Rutgers11
    14.Texas Tech15
    15.Santa Barbara17
    16.Old Dominion18
    17.Purdue19
    18.Arizona16
    19.Boston College20
    20.Mississippi St.22
    21.Illinois21
    22.Tulane21
    23.Oklahoma25
    24StanfordNR
    25.VirginiaNR

    ESPN/USA TODAY
    (Week of Jan. 24)

    LW
    1.Connecticut1
    2.Louisiana Tech3
    3.Georgia7
    4.Tennessee2
    5.NOTRE DAME6
    6.Iowa State9
    7.Penn State4
    8.North Carolina State5
    9.Duke8
    10.Texas Tech11
    11.Auburn10
    12.Rutgers13
    13.LSU15
    14UCLA16
    15.Arizona14
    16.Santa Barbara17
    17.Old Dominion18
    18.Illinois12
    19.Purdue19
    20.Tulane20
    21.Mississippi State21
    22.Boston College22
    23.Kansas24
    24.VirginiaNR
    25.Stanford25

    HEAD COACH MUFFET McGRAW - Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw is in her 13th season with the Irish and 17th as a collegiate coach. She has guided Notre Dame to four straight NCAA tournament appearances and six overall. McGraw led the Irish to the 1997 Final Four as her team claimed the East Regional championship. In 1998, McGraw's squad finished with a 22-10 mark and advanced to the Sweet 16. In 12-plus seasons at Notre Dame, she has a record of 277-112 (.712), and in 17-plus campaigns overall, her teams have registered a 365-153 (.705) ledger. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, she spent five seasons at Lehigh where she compiled an 88-41 record for a .683 winning percentage. Last season, McGraw, after guiding the Irish to their sixth consecutive 20-win season, was named as a finalist for the Naismith Women's Basketball and Associated Press coach-of-the-year awards.

    PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER MAGAZINE TO FOLLOW IRISH ALL SEASON - Annette John-Hall, a feature writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer will be following head coach Muffet McGraw, a native of Pottsville, Pa., and the Irish all season long and feature them in the magazine section of that publication. She will file stories throughout the season on McGraw and her squad. Hall has already written three features thus far with the fourth installment scheduled for sometime in February.

    IRISH GET 200TH WIN AT JOYCE CENTER - Notre Dame earned its 200th win at the Joyce Center against Valparaiso on December 29. Since its inaugural season in 1977-78, the Irish own a 204-65 mark for a .758 winning percentage. Notre Dame set a new school record with its 16th consecutive home victory at the Joyce Center against Syracuse on January 15. The last time the Irish lost at home was on December 8, 1998. The Irish have won a school-record 15 straight on two occasions - January 2, 1995-January 10, 1996 and December 10, 1997-December 2, 1998. Both times Connecticut stopped the Irish home win streaks.

    HOME SWEET HOME - Since its inaugural season in 1977-78, Notre Dame has played all of its games at the Joyce Center. The Irish own a 204-65 mark for a .758 winning percentage since that first season. Currently, the Irish are 8-0 at home and have won 16 straight home games dating back to the 1998-99 campaign. Last season, Notre Dame won a school-record 12 games at home en route to a 12-1 home mark. During the last four-plus seasons, Coach Muffet McGraw's squad is 54-4 (.931) at the Joyce Center.

    SERIES RECORD VERSUS GEORGETOWN - Notre Dame has won 12 of the 13 meetings between the two teams and heads into this evenings's game having won 10 straight against the Hoyas. The Irish are 5-0 in games played at the Joyce Center. Notre Dame's only loss (70-60) in the series was at a neutral site when the Irish played the Hoyas at the Investor's Women's Classic in Richmond, Va.

    LINEUP SHAKEUP - In the 18 games played this season, Notre Dame has used seven different starting lineups. Below is a listing of the starting lineup and ND's record with that starting five.

    • Haney, Siemon, Riley, Ratay and Ivey - (1-0)
    • Haney, Ratay, Riley, Green and Ivey - (0-1)
    • Henderson, Riley, Ratay, Ivey and Dunbar - (3-1)
    • Haney, Henderson, Riley, Ratay and Ivey - (5-0)
    • Haney, Siemon, Riley, Ratay and Dunbar - (1-0)
    • Riley, Green, Ratay, Ivey and Siemon - (1-0)
    • Henderson, Riley, Green, Ratay and Ivey - (5-0)

    RILEY REACHES 1,000-POINT - Junior center Ruth Riley became the 15th player in Notre Dame women's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau this season. Riley reached the mark in the first half of Notre Dame's win over Florida International on December 19. The 6-5 Macy, Ind., native has 1,154 career points in 80 career games for a 14.2 career scoring average. Currently, Riley is 13th on the Irish career scoring list. She needs just 41 points to move to 12th on the list ahead of Krissi Davis who played for the Irish from 1987-91 and scored 1,194 points during her four-year career.

    RILEY GRABS 600TH REBOUND - Ruth Riley reached another milestone against Syracuse on January 15 when she grabbed her 600th career rebound. She is the 10th player in Notre Dame history to have achieved that mark. She currently is ninth (with 620) on the all-time Irish rebounding list with 625. Riley is one of just nine Irish players to score 1,000 points and grab 600 rebounds.

    IRONWOMAN - Against St. John's, Ruth Riley made her 75th consecutive start in an Irish uniform. The Irish junior has played in all 81 games throughout her career. Her first career start came in the seventh game of her freshman season at Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., on December 8, 1997.

    A PERFECT 10 - Ruth Riley, who has made 56 of her 66 free throw attempts this season (.848), was a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe against Georgetown. It marked a personal best for the Irish junior who earlier this season hit eight-of-eight from the line against Liberty en route to a 32-point performance. Riley's free throw shooting percentage has improved dramatically from a year ago a she made just 69.0 percent of her attempts.

    SIEMON HAS STRONG OUTING AGAINST PITTSBURGH - Kelley Siemon had her best outing of the 1999-2000 campaign in Notre Dame's win at Pittsburgh. Siemon registered double figures for the second time this season when she scored a season-high 14 points against the Panthers. The junior forward connected on five-of-10 shots from the field, was four-of-four from the free throw line and grabbed four rebounds in the contest while playing 21 minutes.

    GREEN GAINS STARTING ROLE - Senior guard Danielle Green, who had come off the bench earlier in the season, had started the last six games for the Irish and has been in the starting lineup in six of the 15 games she has played. She is the team's third leading scorer averaging 11.7 ppg., and has scored in double figures in nine of the last 12 games she has played. Green has scored in double figures in 10 games overall.

    DOUBLE DIPPER - Guard Niele Ivey had her fourth double-double of the season in Notre Dame's win over Seton Hall on January 11 as she scored 14 points and dished off 10 assists. It was the eighth double-double of her career and the eighth time she has dished off 10 or more assists in a game. Her other double-doubles this season have come against North Carolina (17 points, 13 assists), Michigan State (14 points, 11 assists) and Marquette (19 points, 12 assists). Ivey leads the team in assists with 119 for a 7.0 average.

    RILEY NOTCHES THIRD 30-POINT PERFORMANCE - Ruth Riley's 32-point performance in the championship game of the Wachovia Women's Invitational marked the third time in her career that she scored better than 30 points in a game. Riley had two 30-plus efforts last season, both against Providence College, as she scored 36 and a school-record 41.

    A ROOKIE RARITY - Alicia Ratay's 32-point performance against North Carolina was the first 30-point outing of her brief career and marked just the second time an Irish freshman has scored better than 30 points in a game. The only other Notre Dame rookie to record a 30-point performance was Michelle Marciniak as she scored 33 versus Georgia in a 90-86 loss on December 8, 1991.

    RILEY NAMED FINALIST FOR NAISMITH PLAYER OF THE YEAR - On everyone's preseason All-America teams, Ruth Riley, a third-team Associated Press All-America selection in 1999, is one of 10 finalists for the 1999-2000 Naismith Women's Basketball Player of the Year Award which is presented by the Atlanta Tip-off Club. Riley and the nine other candidates were selected by a vote of the Board of Selectors comprised of leading college basketball coaches, journalists and basketball analysts. She is the first Notre Dame women's basketball player to be named a finalist for the award, which was first presented in 1983. The nine other finalists include: Svetlana Abrosimova (Connecticut), Edwina Brown (Texas), Tamika Catchings (Tennessee), Tamicha Jackson (Louisiana Tech), Maylana Martin (UCLA), Kelly Miller (Georgia), Lynn Pride (Kansas), Semeka Randall (Tennessee) and Nikki Teasley (North Carolina).

    BABY RUTH GIVEAWAY - Baby Ruth candy bars are being thrown into the stands this season following every blocked shot by an Irish player. The Notre Dame-Michigan State game was designated ?Baby Ruth Day.? All fans entering the game received a Baby Ruth bar.

    NON-CONFERENCE LOSSES A RARITY - Notre Dame's loss to Purdue marked just the second loss the Irish had suffered to a non-conference opponent during the regular season in two seasons. The Irish were a perfect 8-0 against non-conference foes during the 1998-99 regular season. When Notre Dame lost to Illinois on November 27, it marked the first regular season loss to a non-conference opponent in 12 games. Heading into its matchup with the Illini, Notre Dame's last non-conference regular-season loss was to Wisconsin (89-77) on December 8, 1997.

    NOTRE DAME TO TAKE ON 10 NCAA TOURNAMENT FOES THIS SEASON - The 1999-2000 Notre Dame women's basketball slate features 10 teams which last season participated in the 64-team 1999 NCAA tournament field. Notre Dame has already played Toledo, Illinois, North Carolina, Liberty, Purdue and Florida International with four other tourney teams on the slate: Boston College (Feb. 5), Connecticut (Feb. 26), Marquette (Jan. 2), Rutgers (Feb. 19).

    RATAY NETS 18 IN DEBUT - Freshman guard Alicia Ratay, a first-team Parade High School All-American, scored 18 points in her collegiate debut. It was the most by an Irish rookie in her first college game since Michelle Marciniak scored 16 points in an 86-70 loss to Penn State on November 22, 1991. Ratay's five field goals were all from three-point range as she hit five-of-eight field goals from beyond the arc.

    RILEY HELPS USA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CAPTURE SILVER MEDAL - Ruth Riley was one of 12 players selected to the 1999 World University Games Team. She and 1999 graduate Sheila McMillen (now an assistant coach at Western Michigan) were among the 44 players invited to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the five-day tryout. The team, coached by Penn State's Rene Portland, took home the silver medal after posting a 4-2 mark in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, site of the basketball competition. Riley appeared in all nine games with the USA and started five of those contests and was the team's third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder as she averaged 9.3 points and 5.2 rebounds, with a .630 field-goal percentage. At a tournament in Madrid Spain prior to the start of the World University Games, the USA Women's Basketball squad posted a 3-0 mark and captured first-place. During those three games, she averaged 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. This was Riley's second stint with the USA Women's basketball program. In the summer of 1998, she was a member of the USA Women's Basketball Select Team.

    SIEMON TOURS WITH BIG EAST TEAM - Junior Kelley Siemon averaged 6.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in helping the BIG EAST/Nike Women's Basketball All-Stars to a 4-1 record in a '99 summer tour of Belgium and Germany. Siemon scored 14 points in the win over Aalst (Division) and had seven points and eight rebounds in a win over the Belgian Junior National Team. The team was coached by Boston College's Cathy Inglese.

    IRISH SIGN TWO - Notre Dame signed two players listed among the top 40 prep players in the country during the early signing period. Jeneka Joyce, a 5-9 shooting guard from Topeka, Kan., and Le'Tania Severe, a 5-9 point guard from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., were rated 26th and 40th, respectively, by Blue Star Basketball.

    QUICK PLAYER BIOS

    Amanda Barksdale has seen action in 17 contests - she scored her first career points against Michigan State when she made two of her three field goal attempts for four points - had two points and a career-high three rebounds against Valparaiso - has 14 blocked shots on the season, including four against St. John's.

    Imani Dunbar earned starts against Butler, North Carolina, Liberty, Purdue and Marquette and has played in all 17 games - earned first career start versus the Bulldogs - played a career-high 23 minutes against USC and registered personal bests of eight assists, five rebounds and three steals - third on the team in assists with 39.

    Danielle Green has started the last six games and has been in double figure scoring in nine of the last 11 games and in 10 games overall - scored a season-high 22 points against Miami while adding six rebounds and a personal best six assists - had a stretch in which she scored in double figures in six consecutive games - scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds coming off the bench in the season opener at Toledo - also had 16 points and tied her personal best with six assists against St. John's - netted 15 points and grabbed five rebounds versus Marquette - grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against Valparaiso - missed three games (Butler, North Carolina and Liberty) due to a disciplinary suspension - averaging 11.7 points and 3.3 rebounds.

    Ericka Haney has started eight games this season and has played in all 18 contests - first career start came against Toledo in the season opener - scored in double figures in five of Notre Dame's first seven games, but has failed to reach double figures in last eight contests - recorded first career double-double with personal bests of 18 points and 14 rebounds against North Carolina - tallied a season-high 11 points against Butler and also added five rebounds and three assists in the game - grabbed six rebounds in the Valparaiso game - scored 10 points in her first collegiate start in the season opener at Toledo - averaging 7.2 points and 4.4 rebounds.

    Julie Henderson has been in the Irish starting lineup in 14 of 18 contests - has started all but four games this season after coming off the bench in the first two contests of the season - recorded her first career double-double scoring a season-high 13 points and grabbing a personal best 11 rebounds - prior to Miami, she had scored season-high six points on five different occasions (North Carolina, Liberty, Michigan State, USC and Seton Hall) - grabbed eight rebounds against Purdue - also had four rebounds against the Tar Heels, five versus Florida International and six versus the Spartans and Women of Troy - grabbed five rebounds versus Valparaiso - scored seven points, grabbed six rebounds and dished off four assists against St. John's - averaging 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds.

    Monique Hernandez played in the first seven games of the season and has seen action in 17 contests - scored a career-high six points against West Virginia and Seton Hall - had five points, four rebounds and two assists against Valparaiso - played a season-high 15 minutes in both the Butler and North Carolina contests - scored four points and grabbed four rebounds against Butler - also netted four points in win over Marquette.

    Niele Ivey started the first 13 games of the season, but was not in the starting lineup against Marquette - scored a season-high 22 points against Syracuse - 18 of those 22 points came from three-pointers as she made a career-high six in the contest - is averaging 11.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists - has registered four double-doubles, most recent was against Seton Hall as she scored 14 points and dished off 10 assists - has eight career double-doubles and has dished off 10 or more assists in eight games - registered a season-high 19 points and dished off 12 assists in win over Marquette for her seventh career double-double -?had first double-double of the season against North Carolina as she scored a then season-high 17 points and dished off a career-best 13 assists versus North Carolina in the Wachovia Women's Invitational Tournament - the 13 assists in the game also marked a tournament record - has scored in double figures in five games this season - had 14 points and 11 assists in win over Michigan State - had solid all-around game against Valparaiso as she scored 13 points, dished off eight assists and made seven steals, tying her career-high, while playing 29 minutes and committing just one turnover - dished off nine assists and had two turnovers in 31 minutes versus Georgetown.

    Meaghan Leahy has come off the bench for the Irish in all 18 games -?averaging 2.8 points and 2.7 rebounds - tied her personal best of nine points against Georgetown - had career-highs of nine points and nine rebounds while playing 24 minutes (also a career-high) against Butler - scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds in 18 minutes of action against Illinois - grabbed five rebounds against Michigan State and dished off a career-high four assists.

    Alicia Ratay is the second leading scorer and rebounder averaging 14.6 points and 5.2 rebounds - named game MVP at the Orange Bowl Women's Basketball Four Four against Florida International - scored 27 points, grabbed five rebounds and made five steals (personal best) in the contest while playing a season-high 39 minutes against the Panthers - turned in only the second 30-point performance by an Irish rookie when she scored 32 points against North Carolina - has scored in double figures in 11 games and has been the team's leading scorer in eight of those contests - in her collegiate debut, scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 33 minutes of action - it was the most points by an Irish rookie in a season opener since 1991 - has earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors three times this season - selected to the all-tournament team at the Wachovia Women's Invitational Tournament - has had a career-high seven rebounds in three games (Toledo, Butler and Marquette) - had the third 20-plus point performance of her career when she scored 23 points against Georgetown - one of two players who has started all 17 games.

    Ruth Riley has been in double figures scoring in 16 of 18 games and has posted double-doubles in three of the last six games - her most recent double-double was against Pittsburgh as she scored 12 points and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds - posted back-to-back double-doubles against Georgetown (18 points, 13 rebounds) and Seton Hall (17 points, 13 rebounds) -has 24 career double-doubles - had the third 30-plus outing of her career when she scored 32 points against Liberty in the championship game of the Wachovia Women's Basketball Invitational - leads the team in scoring and rebounding averaging 15.1 points and 7.3 rebounds - scored her 1,000th career point against Florida International and finished with 20 for the game on nine-for-11 shooting from the field - blocked a season-high seven shots in the Butler and Seton Hall games - one of just two players who has started all 18 games.

    Kelley Siemon had her best outing of the season against Pittsburgh as she scored a season-high 14 points against Pittsburgh - has been in the starting lineup in three of the 18 games she has played - her only other double figure outing of the season was against North Carolina as she scored 12 points - grabbed a season-high nine rebounds against St. John's - had seven rebounds against Toledo - scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds versus West Virginia - scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds in earning start against Georgetown- grabbed five rebounds against Seton Hall and six in win over Syracuse - averaging 6.1 points and 4.4 rebounds.

    Karen Swanson is a walk-on freshman who has played in 14 games - tallied her first career basket against USC - registered her first career three-pointer against Vaparaiso.

    Irish All-Time vs. 1999-2000 Opponents

    TeamRecord
    Boston College4-3
    Butler19-6
    Connecticut0-10
    Florida International1-0
    Georgetown12-1
    Illinois1-4
    Liberty2-0
    Marquette21-4
    Miami8-2
    Michigan State4-6
    North Carolina1-0
    Pittsburgh7-0
    Providence6-0
    Purdue2-9
    Richmond1-0
    Rutgers5-6
    St. John's8-0
    Seton Hall8-2
    Syracuse11-1
    Toledo3-2
    USC1-1
    Valparaiso13-0
    Villanova9-3
    West Virginia7-0
    Total154-60 (.720)

    Irish Record

    By Day

    On Sundays:3-0On Mondays:1-0On Tuesdays:2-0
    On Wednesdays:4-1On Thursdays:0-0On Fridays:0-0
    On Saturdays:6-1

    By Time

    Night Games:9-1
    Day Games:7-1

    By Location

    Home Games:8-0
    Road Games:6-2
    Neutral Games:2-0

    By Halftime Score

    Lead at halftime:16-0
    Trail at halftime:0-2
    Tied at halftime:0-0

    By Rebound Margin

    Outrebounding opponents:14-0
    Outrebounded by opponents:2-1
    Same number of rebounds0-1

    By Field Goal Shooting

    Shoot better from field:16-1
    Shoot worse from field:0-1
    Shoot same from field:0-0
    Shoot 50% or better:7-0
    Shoot less than 50%:8-2
    Keep opponents under 50%:16-2
    Keep opponents under 40%:13-0

    By Free Throw Margin

    Hit more free throws:10-0
    Hit fewer free throws:5-2
    Same number of free throws:1-0

    By Turnovers

    Commit fewer turnovers:6-0
    Commit more turnovers:9-2
    Commit same number of turnovers:1-0

    By Margin

    One-point games:0-0
    Two-point games:0-0
    Three-point games:0-0
    Four-point games:0-0
    5-10 point games:1-2
    11-20 point games:9-0
    21-30 point games:6-0
    31+point games:0-0

    By Conference

    Mid-American1-0
    Big Ten1-2
    Midwestern Collegiate1-0
    Atlantic Coast1-0
    Big South1-0
    Sun Belt1-0
    Pac 101-0
    Mid-Continent1-0
    Conference USA1-0
    BIG EAST7-0

    By Month

    In November1-1
    In December7-1
    In January8-0
    In February0-0
    In March0-0


     

     

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