Ruth Riley has been in double figures scoring in 10 of 11 games... was plagued by foul trouble in the first two games of the season and played only 28 minutes in those outings... 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... along with Alicia Ratay, leads the team in scoring as she is averaging 15.5 points... tops the rebounding shares with 67 (6.1 per game)... scored her 1,000th career point against Florida International and finished with 20 for the game on nine-for-11 shooting from the field... grabbed her 500th rebound against Butler... had a season-high nine rebounds against Florida International... hauled in eight rebounds versus Purdue... blocked a season-high seven shots versus Butler... was the only player in double figures against Illinois with 16 points in 18 minutes of action... played only 10 minutes in the season opener at Toledo because of foul trouble... held scoreless in the contest for the first time in 64 career games... scored 18 points and blocked six shots versus Michigan State... had 15 points and eight rebounds against Valparaiso... scored 18 points and tied her season-high with nine rebounds against Marquette... one of just two players who has started all 11 games.
RILEY REACHES DOUBLE FIGURES FOR NINTH STRAIGHT GAME
After being held scoreless for the first time in her career (64 games) in the season opener against Toledo, Ruth Riley has come 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 and freshman Alicia Ratay lead the team in scoring with 15.5 points per game. Riley has led the Irish in scoring in four games this season.
RILEY REACHES 1,000-POINT
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 1,052 career points in 74 career games for a 14.2 career scoring average. Currently, Riley is 13th on the Irish career scoring list.
Against Marquette, Riley made her 68th consecutive start in an Irish uniform. The Irish junior has played in all 74 games throughout her career. Her first career start came seven games into her freshman season during the 1997-98 campaign and was against Wisconsin on the road in Madison, Wis., on December 8, 1997.
RILEY NEARLY PERFECT FROM THE LINE
Ruth Riley has missed just four times and is 28-32 from the line (.875). Heading into the game against Purdue on December 8, Riley had made all 12 of her free throw attempts on the season. She hit her first three attempts in the contest, but missed for the first time on her 16th attempt. Riley was a perfect eight-for-eight from the line against Liberty in the championship game of the Wachovia Women's Basketball Invitational and was seven-for-seven from the charity stripe against Valparaiso.
RILEY NOTCHES THIRD 30-POINT PERFORMANCE
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.
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).
RILEY RECORDS 500 REBOUNDS
Riley grabbed her 500th career rebound against Butler on December 1 and is 10th on the all-time career rebounding list with 560 boards. In 74 career games, Riley has a 7.6 rebounding average.
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.
PRESEASON HONORS FOR RILEY
The name Ruth Riley appears on preseason All-America teams of several publications.
Street & Smith's: Ruth Riley - High Honorable; Notre Dame Mention; Notre Dame - 7th
Athlon College Basketball: Notre Dame - 8th
Basketball News: Notre Dame - 8th
Women's Basketball News Service: Ruth Riley - Second Team; Alicia Ratay - All-Freshman Third Team; Notre Dame - 9th
Women's Basketball Journal: Ruth Riley - Second Team; Notre Dame - 25th
Riley's Career Statistics
|Year ||GP-GS ||FG-FGA ||Pct. ||3FG-FGA ||Pct. ||FTM-FTA ||Pct. ||OR ||DR ||TR ||Avg. ||A ||TO ||BLK ||S ||PF-D ||Min-Avg. ||Pts ||Avg.|
|1997-98 ||32-26 ||141-235 ||60.0 ||0-0 ||00.0 ||86-115 ||74.8 ||91 ||142 ||233 ||7.3 ||21 ||64 ||71 ||27 ||109-8 ||674-21.1 ||368 ||11.5|
|1998-99 ||31-31 ||198-290 ||68.3 ||0-0 ||00.0 ||118-171 ||69.0 ||105 ||155 ||260 ||8.4 ||40 ||81 ||101 ||25 ||106-3 ||791-25.5 ||514 ||16.6|
|Totals ||63-57 ||339-525 ||64.6 ||0-0 ||00.0 ||204-286 ||71.3 ||196 ||297 ||493 ||7.8 ||61 ||145 ||172 ||52 ||215-11 ||1465-23.3 ||882 ||14.0|
41 vs. Providence, 1/30/98
18 vs. Duke, 11/21/98
4 vs. Georgetown, 11/21/98
4 vs. LSU, 3/15/99
4 vs. Providence, 1/10/99
8 vs. Duke, 11/21/98
38 vs. Villanova, 12/12/98
18 vs. Providence, 1/30/99
22 vs. Providence, 1/30/99
9 vs. Villanova, 2/10/99
13 vs. Villanova, 2/10/99