2018–19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team

The 2018–19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Fighting Irish, led by 32nd year head coach Muffet McGraw, played their home games at Edmund P. Joyce Center as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They were also the defending national champions.

2018–19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
Vancouver Showcase champions
ACC regular season co-champions
ACC Tournament champions
NCAA Tournament, Runner Up
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 3
2018–19 record35–4 (14–2 ACC)
Head coachMuffet McGraw (32nd season)
Associate head coachCarol Owens (19th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaEdmund P. Joyce Center
Seasons
2018–19 ACC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 Notre Dame 14 2   .875     35 4   .897
No. 5 Louisville 14 2   .875     32 4   .889
No. 10 NC State 12 4   .750     28 6   .824
No. 19 Miami (FL) 12 4   .750     25 9   .735
No. 12 Syracuse 11 5   .688     25 9   .735
No. 25 Florida State 10 6   .625     24 9   .727
Clemson 9 7   .563     20 13   .606
North Carolina 8 8   .500     18 15   .545
Georgia Tech 7 9   .438     17 13   .567
Virginia Tech 6 10   .375     22 12   .647
Duke 6 10   .375     15 15   .500
Virginia 5 11   .313     12 19   .387
Boston College 3 13   .188     14 16   .467
Pittsburgh 2 14   .125     11 20   .355
Wake Forest 1 15   .063     10 20   .333
2019 ACC Tournament winner
As of March 7, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Fighting Irish finished the 2017–18 season at 35–3 , 15–1 in ACC play to finish in a tie for first place. They were runners up in the ACC Women's Tournament losing to Louisville in the final game. They received an at large bid for the NCAA Women's Tournament as a number one seed. They won the tournament beating other number one seeds, Connecticut and Mississippi State along the way. This was the team's second national title in its history.

OffseasonEdit

2018 recruiting classEdit

Source:[1]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Katlyn Gilbert
PG
Indianapolis, IN Heritage Christian 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) N/A  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:    ESPN grade: 97
Jordan Nixon
PG
New York City, NY Mary Louis Academy 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) N/A  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:    ESPN grade: 97
Danielle Cosgrove
F
Holbrook, NY Sachem East 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) N/A  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:    ESPN grade: 95
Abby Prohaska
G
Liberty Township, OH Lakota West 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) N/A  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:    ESPN grade: 95
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

RosterEdit

2018–19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Jordan Nixon 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Fr Mary Louis Academy New York City, NY
G 2 Kaitlin Cole 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Jr Sylvania Northview Toledo, OH
G 3 Marina Mabrey 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) Sr Manasquan Belmar, NJ
G 5 Jackie Young 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Jr Princeton Community Princeton, IN
G 10 Katlyn Gilbert 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Fr Heritage Christian Indianapolis, IN
F 11 Brianna Turner 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) RS Sr Manvel Pearland, TX
G 12 Abby Prohaska 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Fr Lakota West Liberty Township, OH
G 20 Nicole Benz (W) 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) So William S. Hart Valencia, CA
F 22 Danielle Cosgrove 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Fr Sachem East Holbrook, NY
G 24 Arike Ogunbowale 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Sr Divine Savior Holy Angels Milwaukee, WI
C 30 Mikayla Vaughn 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) So Paul VI Catholic Philadelphia, PA
F 32 Jessica Shepard 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Sr Fremont
Nebraska
Fremont, NE
F 33 Danielle Patterson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) So The Mary Louis Academy Brooklyn, NY
F 40 Maureen Butler 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Sr Dearborn Divine Child Livonia, MI
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: October 26, 2018

MediaEdit

All Notre Dame games will air on WHPZ Pulse 96.9 FM. Games are streamed online live.

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
October 30, 2018*
7:00 PM
No. 1 Lewis W 107–65 
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,556)
South Bend, IN
Regular season
November 9, 2018*
4:00 PM, ACCN Extra
No. 1 Harvard W 103–58  1–0
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
November 12, 2018*
7:00 PM, ACCN Extra
No. 1 Penn W 77–55  2–0
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,854)
South Bend, IN
November 17, 2018*
2:00 PM
No. 1 at No. 15 DePaul W 101–77  3–0
Wintrust Arena (2,833)
Chicago, IL
November 22, 2018*
3:00 PM
No. 1 vs. Gonzaga
Vancouver Showcase Quarterfinals
W 81–65  4–0
Vancouver Convention Centre (1,018)
Vancouver, BC
November 23, 2018*
9:00 PM
No. 1 vs. Drake
Vancouver Showcase Semifinals
W 82–64  5–0
Vancouver Convention Centre (1,156)
Vancouver, BC
November 24, 2018*
8:00 PM
No. 1 vs. No. 9 Oregon State
Vancouver Showcase Championship
W 91–81  6–0
Vancouver Convention Centre (1,866)
Vancouver, BC
November 29, 2018*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 1 No. 14 Iowa
ACC–Big Ten Women's Challenge
W 105–71  7–0
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,968)
South Bend, IN
December 2, 2018*
4:00 PM, ESPN
No. 1 No. 2 UConn
Jimmy V Classic/Rivalry
L 71–89  7–1
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
December 8, 2018*
1:00 PM, ESPN+
No. 2 at Toledo W 72–56  8–1
Savage Arena (6,059)
Toledo, OH
December 16, 2018*
1:00 PM, ACCN Extra
No. 2 Binghamton W 103–53  9–1
Edmund P. Joyce Center (8,183)
South Bend, IN
December 19, 2018*
7:00 PM, ACCN Extra
No. 2 Western Kentucky W 94–53  10–1
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,502)
South Bend, IN
December 22, 2018*
1:30 PM, FS1
No. 2 at No. 19 Marquette W 87–63  11–1
Al McGuire Center (3,700)
Milwaukee, WI
December 30, 2018*
1:00 PM, ACCN Extra
No. 2 Lehigh W 95–68  12–1
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
January 3, 2019
7:00 PM, ACCN Extra
No. 2 Pittsburgh W 100–44  13–1
(1–0)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (8,566)
South Bend, IN
January 6, 2019
3:00 PM, RSN
No. 2 at Georgia Tech W 76–55  14–1
(2–0)
McCamish Pavilion (3,209)
Atlanta, GA
January 10, 2019
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 1 No. 2 Louisville W 82–68  15–1
(3–0)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
January 13, 2019
1:00 PM, ACCN Extra
No. 1 Wake Forest W 78–48  16–1
(4–0)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (8,392)
South Bend, IN
January 16, 2019
7:00 PM, ACCN Extra
No. 1 at Virginia Tech W 80–51  17–1
(5–0)
Cassell Coliseum (2,131)
Blacksburg, VA
January 20, 2019
1:00 PM, ACCN Extra
No. 1 Boston College W 92–63  18–1
(6–0)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (8,714)
South Bend, IN
January 24, 2019*
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 1 at Tennessee W 77–62  19–1
Thompson–Boling Arena (9,154)
Knoxville, TN
January 27, 2019
2:00 PM, ACCN Extra
No. 1 at North Carolina L 73–78  19–2
(6–1)
Carmichael Arena (4,704)
Chapel Hill, NC
January 31, 2019
7:00 PM, ACCN Extra
No. 5 at Clemson W 101–63  20–2
(7–1)
Littlejohn Coliseum (2,791)
Clemson, SC
February 3, 2019
12:00 PM, RSN
No. 5 Georgia Tech W 90–50  21–2
(8–1)
Edmond P. Joyce Center (8,530)
South Bend, IN
February 7, 2019
7:00 PM, ACCN Extra
No. 4 at No. 25 Miami (FL) L 65–72  21–3
(8–2)
Watsco Center (1,864)
Coral Gables, FL
February 10, 2019
12:00 PM, ESPN
No. 4 No. 24 Florida State W 97–70  22–3
(9–2)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (8,950)
South Bend, IN
February 13, 2019
7:00 PM, ACCN Extra
No. 6 at Boston College W 97–47  23–3
(10–2)
Conte Forum (1,598)
Chestnut Hill, MA
February 18, 2019
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 5 at No. 9 NC State W 95–72  24–3
(11–2)
Reynolds Coliseum (5,500)
Raleigh, NC
February 21, 2019
7:00 PM, ACCN Extra
No. 5 Duke W 89–61  25–3
(12–2)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (8,399)
South Bend, IN
February 25, 2019
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 4 at No. 17 Syracuse W 98–68  26–3
(13–3)
Carrier Dome (7,568)
Syracuse, NY
March 3, 2019
12:30 PM, RSN
No. 4 Virginia W 103–66  27–3
(14–3)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
ACC Women's Tournament
March 8, 2019
2:00 PM, RSN
(1) No. 4 vs. (8) North Carolina
Quarterfinals
W 95–77  28–3
Greensboro Coliseum (4,024)
Greensboro, NC
March 9, 2019
12:00 PM, ESPNU
(1) No. 4 vs. (5) No. 18 Syracuse
Semifinals
W 91–66  29–3
Greensboro Coliseum (6,943)
Greensboro, NC
March 10, 2019
12:00 PM, ESPN2
(1) No. 4 vs. (2) No. 3 Louisville
Championship Game
W 99–79  30–3
Greensboro Coliseum (10,104)
Greensboro, NC
NCAA Women's Tournament
March 23, 2019*
11:00 AM, ESPN2
(1 C) No. 3 (16 C) Bethune–Cookman
First Round
W 92–50  31–3
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,885)
South Bend, IN
March 25, 2019*
7:00 PM, ESPN
(1 C) No. 3 (8 C) Michigan State
Second Round
W 91–63  32–3
Edmund P. Joyce Center (6,694)
South Bend, IN
March 30, 2019*
4:00 PM, ESPN2
(1 C) No. 3 vs. (4 C) No. 14 Texas A&M
Sweet Sixteen
W 87–80  33–3
Wintrust Arena 
Chicago, IL
April 1, 2019*
9:00 PM, ESPN2
(1 C) No. 3 vs. (2 C) No. 6 Stanford
Elite Eight
W 84–68  34–3
Wintrust Arena (5,555)
Chicago, IL
April 5, 2019*
9:30 PM, ESPN2
(1 C) No. 3 vs. (2 A) No. 2 Connecticut
Final Four/Rivalry
W 81–76  35–3
Amalie Arena (20,062)
Tampa, FL
April 7, 2019*
6:00 PM, ESPN
(1 C) No. 3 vs. (1 G) No. 1 Baylor
National Championship
L 81–82  35–4
Amalie Arena (20,127)
Tampa, FL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. C=Chicago Region.
All times are in Eastern.
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RankingsEdit

Regular Season Polls
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Final
AP 1 (31) 1 (30) 1 (31) 1 (31) 2 2 2 2 2 1 (12) 1 (23) 1 (22) 5 4 6 5 4 4 3 N/A
Coaches 1 (30) 1 (30) 1 (32) 1 (32) 2 2 2 2 2 1 (15) 1 (26) 1 (26) 5 (1) 4 (1) 6 4-T 4 4 3 2
Legend
  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
(RV)   Received Votes

The Coaches Poll releases a final poll after the NCAA tournament, but the AP Poll does not release a poll at this time.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Notre Dame Fighting Irish". espn.com. ESPN. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "2018–19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball schedule". Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Retrieved March 19, 2019.