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Experienced Irish Opens Season At Toledo
Junior center Ruth Riley set an NCAA record last season by shooting 68.3 percent from the field.
 
Junior center Ruth Riley set an NCAA record last season by shooting 68.3 percent from the field.

Nov. 19, 1999

By TOM CASTRO
AP MegaSports Writer

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- With four returning starters, Notre Dame earned the No. 7 ranking in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25. Those four are also the top scorers, giving the Irish a fighting chance to improve upon that ranking by season's end.

Notre Dame, which opens its season Saturday at Toledo, went 26-5 last season and won 17 of its last 20 games.

"Winning a national championship is every team's goal going into the season. It's one of ours," junior center Ruth Riley said. "We have been plagued by injuries in the past, but we have been focused on what we want to accomplish this season. Winning the national championship is one of those goals."

Every team is optimistic before the season, but with a strong returning lineup, Notre Dame's excitement is well founded. Riley averaged 16.6 rebounds and 8.4 rebounds per game, blocked a school-record 101 shots and set an NCAA record by shooting 68.3 from the field.

Senior guard Danielle Green averaged 14.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, and forward Kelley Siemon averaged 5.8 points and 5.0 rebounds as a sophomore.

Notre Dame also will benefit from the return of senior point guard Niele Ivey, who tore her anterior cruciate ligament in the semifinals of the Big East tournament and missed the postseason.

Toledo is coming off an outstanding 25-6 season. But the Rockets were hit hard by graduation, losing key players Leslie Favre, Kristen Tews and Kim Knuth. The Rockets will miss Knuth, the Mid-American Conference all-time leader in points with 2,509 and steals with 368.

Toledo is counting on the continued development of returning senior starters Jennifer Markwood and Karin Husbeck. Markwood averaged 10.5 points and 8.1 rebounds last season, while Husbeck averaged 8.2 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Seniors Adriane Bryant and Tara Overaitis and sophomore Courtney Risinger are expected to move into the starting lineup.


 

 

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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
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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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