Notre Dame Women's Basketball 2014 NCAA Tournament Capsule

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
ACC (32-0, 16-0)


The Notre Dame women’s basketball team has had an amazing initial voyage as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Fighting Irish have been very consistent, especially on the road,  going into hostile environments like Maryland and Duke without being phased and have found ways to win even with the loss of Skylar Diggins to the WNBA.

Big Wins: 12/4 at Penn State (77-67), 1/20 at Tennessee (86-70), 2/2 at Duke (88-67)
Bad Losses: None
Coach: Muffet McGraw (27 seasons at Notre Dame)

Why They Can Surprise:
The Fighting Irish can surprise a team like UConn in a national semifinal or championship game if the frontline can get players like Stefanie Dolson and Breanna Stewart in early foul trouble. This is important because the Huskies are not as deep as they could be for a national title frontrunner. The backcourt play of Jewell Loyd, Kayla McBride, and Lindsay Allen, when they are on, make Notre Dame a very explosive team.

Why They Can Disappoint:
A problem could arise if the guard play comes up short and can’t generate enough offense and the Fighting Irish have to play a possession by possession type of game where they can’t dictate tempo. The other potential concern could be if a team gets rolling with inside scoring and can get forward Natalie Achonwa into foul trouble early on in an NCAA Tournament game.

Probable Starters:
Kayla McBride, Senior, Guard, 17.5 ppg, 3.8 apg, 5.5 rpg
Jewell Loyd, Sophomore, Guard, 18.5 ppg, 2.4 apg, 6.2 rpg
Lindsay Allen, Freshman, Guard, 6.4 ppg3.8 apg
Natalie Achonwa, Senior, Forward, 14.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.8 apg
Ariel Barker, Senior, Forward, 4.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg

Key Roleplayers:
Michaela Mabrey, Sophomore, Guard, 9.1 ppg, 2.4 apg
Taya Reimer, Freshman, Forward, 7.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg
Madison Cable, Junior, Guard, 5.4 ppg

By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 87.5 (2nd in nation, 2nd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 61.9 (56, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 51.4 (1, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 37.4 (52, 3)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 5.1 (186, 12)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 40.5 (2, 2)
Free-Throw Percentage: 75.2 (24, 1)
Rebound Margin: 9.6 (10, 2)
Assists Per Game: 21.1 (2, 1)
Turnovers Per Game: 14.9 (92, 6)

Recent Postseason Appearances:
2013    NCAA    Round of 64 win over Tennessee Martin
2013    NCAA    Round of 32 win over Iowa
2013    NCAA    Regional Semifinal win over Kansas
2013    NCAA    Regional Final win over Duke
2013    NCAA    National Semifinal loss to Connecticut
2012    NCAA    Round of 64 win over Liberty
2012    NCAA    Round of 32 win over California
2012    NCAA    Regional Semifinal win over St. Bonaventure
2012    NCAA    Regional Final win over Maryland
2012    NCAA    National Semifinal win over Connecticut
2012    NCAA    National Championship loss to Baylor
2011    NCAA    Round of 64 win over Utah
2011    NCAA    Round of 32 win over Temple
2011    NCAA    Regional Semifinal win over Oklahoma
2011    NCAA    Regional Final win over Tennessee
2011    NCAA    National Semifinal win over Connecticut
2011    NCAA    National Final loss to Texas A&M
2010    NCAA    Round of 64 win over Cleveland State
2010    NCAA    Round of 32 win over Vermont
2010    NCAA    Regional Semifinal loss to Oklahoma
2009    NCAA    Round of 64 loss to Minnesota
2008    NCAA    Round of 64 win over Southern Methodist
2008    NCAA    Round of 32 win over Oklahoma
2008    NCAA    Regional Semifinal loss to Tennessee
2007    NCAA    Round of 64 win over California
2007    NCAA    Round of 32 loss to North Carolina

*all team stats through 3/6


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