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Defending champion Notre Dame, Stanford meet again in NCAAs

Defending national champion Notre Dame and Stanford have Hall of Fame coaches in Muffet McGraw and Tara VanDerveer and successful traditions that include two NCAA titles for each program. Even though they followed similar paths, they went years without meeting. But lately, they keep bumping into each other.

College women’s basketball Top 25 Capsules: Arike Ogunbowale scores 23 as Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw wins 900th

Arike Ogunbowale scored 23 points, Marina Mabrey added 19, and Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw earned her 900th career victory as the second-ranked Fighting Irish beat Lehigh 95-68 on Sunday, at South Bend, Indiana. McGraw, now 900-272 overall, is 812-231 in her 32nd season at Notre Dame, where she won NCAA titles in 2001 and last season. Her first coaching victory came at Lehigh, where the Pottsville, Pennsylvania, native and former Saint Joseph’s point guard was 88-41 in five seasons beginning in 1982-83. She is the ninth Division I women’s basketball coach to reach 900 victories.

UConn-Notre Dame meet for a second straight year for NCAA women’s basketball championship

TAMPA, Fla. – The women’s basketball championship game will have a familiar feel to it with UConn and Notre Dame playing for the title for a second straight year. Unlike last season’s game when much of the conversation building up to the matchup of undefeated teams was about the frosty relationship between Geno Auriemma and Muffet McGraw. This year there is a much friendlier attitude between the coaches and their teams, despite the rivals once again meeting on the game’s biggest stage.

Notre Dame seeks to join elite group with Final Four streak

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The list of women’s teams that have had the staying power to advance to five straight Final Fours is short: Connecticut, Stanford and LSU. Notre Dame hopes to join the club. The second-ranked Fighting Irish (31-2) are considered a lock to receive a top seed for the fourth consecutive season when the NCAA tournament field is announced Monday. Notre Dame heads into the postseason ranked No. 2 for a third straight season, a first at the school.

Something’s gotta give

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Muffet McGraw and Geno Auriemma were well aware of the talk. There has been a buzz throughout women’s basketball all season about the potential showdown between their undefeated teams. Well, the wait is over. Auriemma and UConn (39-0) and McGraw and Notre Dame (37-0) are set to meet in an unprecedented championship clash tonight.

Griner, McGraw are AP player and coach of the year

Brittney Griner has had no equal in her stellar career at Baylor. Now she’s part of a very select group. The 6-foot-8 senior star earned the Associated Press women’s basketball player of the year award for the second straight season Saturday. Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw was selected coach of the year. Griner is just the third player to earn the award in consecutive years, joining Seimone Augustus of LSU and Chamique Holdsclaw of Tennessee. Connecticut’s Maya Moore won it twice in a three-year span. The three-time All-American got 37 votes from the 40-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike received two votes while Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins earned the other. – Associated Press