The third-ranked Notre Dame women’s basketball team clamped down in the fourth quarter against Pittsburgh to give Muffet McGraw her 800th victory as a college coach. McGraw, 60, is the 10th NCAA Division I women’s coach to reach 800 victories.
PITTSBURGH – The third-ranked Notre Dame women’s basketball team clamped down in the fourth quarter against Pittsburgh to give Muffet McGraw her 800th victory as a college coach.
Brianna Turner scored 20 points as Notre Dame won 65-55 on Sunday.
“Down the stretch, we wanted to go to the veterans,” McGraw said. “We got Brianna and Madison (Cable) to the free-throw line, which was about the only way we could score.”
McGraw, 60, became the 10th NCAA Division I women’s coach to reach 800 victories and the sixth fastest to accomplish the feat.
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According to the Notre Dame sports-information department, McGraw joined Connecticut women’s coach Geno Auriemma, former Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt, Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski and the late Dean Smith, who coached the North Carolina men, as the only coaches in Division I history to have at least 800 victories, at least seven Final Four trips and at least five NCAA championship-game appearances. Auriemma, Summitt, Krzyzewski and Smith are all in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
McGraw is 712-222 in 29 seasons at Notre Dame after going 88-41 in five seasons at Lehigh. She led Notre Dame to the 2001 national title and has made 22 NCAA tournament appearances with the Fighting Irish.
Turner had eight points in Notre Dame’s game-ending 14-2 run.
“We had a huge advantage,” McGraw said. “We just couldn’t seem to find her in the first half. We needed to execute a little bit better.”
Cable added 16 points for Notre Dame (13-1 overall, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). She went to high school in the Pittsburgh area.
“I saw a lot of familiar faces in the stands, so it was exciting to come home,” Cable said. “For Coach to get her 800th win in my city of Pittsburgh was exciting as well.”
Yacine Diop scored 16 points for Pitt (8-6, 0-1).
Of being on the losing side in McGraw’s milestone victory, Panthers coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said, “At least we’ll be remembered for something.”
Other Top 5 Women
At No. 2 S. Carolina 85, Arkansas 32
Tina Roy scored a career-high 21 points as the Gamecocks (13-0, 1-0 Southeastern) raced past the Razorbacks (5-9, 0-1).
The score was tied at 9 after the first quarter and South Carolina outscored Arkansas 64-16 in the next two quarters.
“We just got smoked today,” Razorbacks coach Jimmy Dykes said.
At No. 4 Baylor 78, No. 18 Oklahoma 68
Alexis Jones scored a career-high 25 points, Nina Davis had 24 and point guard Niya Johnson added a double-double in her return to the lineup to help the Bears (14-1, 1-1 Big 12) beat the Sooners (10-3, 1-1).
Johnson, who missed time because of an ankle problem, had 10 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
“She almost had a triple-double today, and she hasn’t practiced in 12 days,” coach Kim Mulkey said. “It’s just hard to explain the value of a point guard who only averages six points a game. It’s what she does when the game’s on the line. One big pass. One big loose ball. One transition stop. One transition run. One long rebound.”