Notre Dame’s injuries have been well chronicled this season.
With just seven healthy scholarship players, coach Muffet McGraw has changed her approach to practices.
“We definitely practiced shorter – tried to be intense, try to go for an hour and 10 minutes,” she said. “Any time somebody was in a collision, we’d panic a little bit. After practice, when somebody would say how was practice, we would say nobody got hurt, it was a great day.”
Texas A&M coach GAry Blair said his team has also dealt with a short bench.
“People talk about Notre Dame’s four ACLs, but I’ve got four kids out, too, that nobody has ever written a story about,” Blair said. “I have two kids that redshirted because of injuries. Then I have two McDonald’s All-Americans sitting out because of the one-year transfer (rule). I have four kids out as well.”
Blair applauded McGraw for how she’s dealt with adversity.
“Muffet has done a good job of managing a short bench,” he said. “It’s a shame for her, four ACLs. That’s just unheard of. But they’ve overcome it. They’re playing well.”
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