|Exposure||Notre-Dame vs. Emporia State|
|Or:||Notre-Dame, IN | Purcell Pavilion|
NOTRE-DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team will return in front of a live crowd for the first time in two years when Irish host Emporia State in an exhibition match on Monday, November 1. Tipping time inside the Purcell Lodge is 7:00 p.m. ET.
The only exhibition game will be the last tune-up for the Fighting Irish before officially starting the season at home on Nov. 9 in a rematch against the Ohio Bobcats.
To purchase tickets, visit UND.com/BuyTickets or call 1-833-ND-IRISH (MF, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for more information.
Please note that fans will be required to wear a mask inside the Purcell Pavilion with the one exception when eating or drinking. All concession stands will be cashless. Notre Dame’s clear bag policy and the use of a magnetometer will also be in effect.
After winning All-ACC first-team honors a season ago and the coaching nod for Rookie of the Year, Maddy Westbeld has been named the Preseason All-ACC for the 2021-22 season.
The youth movement was fully visible with Westbeld the second and the two Notre Dame freshmen (Olivia Miles and Sonia Citron) making the CCA newcomer watchlist.
As for the Naismith position awards, junior Sam Brunelle made Katrina McClain’s watchlist for the second year in a row. The award recognizes the best power forwards in the country.
ALUMNI SUCCESS – WNBA AND OLYMPIC GAMES
The Irish dominated the WNBA and the Olympic scene last summer. First, Arike Ogunbowale won the WNBA All-Star Game MVP title after scoring 26 points in a win against the United States Olympic team. Next, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Brianna Turner both reached the WNBA Finals with the Phoenix Mercury.
Ogunbowale took home All-WNBA Second Team Honors while Diggins-Smith and Jewell Loyd won First Team honors. Speaking of Diggins-Smith and Loyd, the Irish duo won gold with the US team at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. And speaking of the Olympics, Jackie Young won gold with the team. American 3 × 3. Thus, the Irish now have 5 Olympians and 4 gold medalists in the history of the program.
LEMON WINS GOLD ALSO
Rookie Sonia Citron gained some international experience ahead of the start of the preseason, winning gold with U19 Team USA at the 2021 FIBA World Cup. Citron averaged the second best in the US with 14.3 ppg and 7.7 rpg overall in Hungary. As a result, she was named to the World Cup five-star squad.
ACC RECRUIT OF THE YEAR, MADDY WESTBELD
CCA head coaches have voted Maddy Westbeld as Rookie of the Year winner. Westbeld entered an elite club in Notre Dame, becoming the sixth player in program history to win a conference Rookie of the Year award. She is also the second to do so within the ACC, joining Briana Turner who achieved the feat in 2015.
Westbeld’s harvest of rewards didn’t end there. Notre Dame’s top scorer and rebounder also took home All-ACC first-team honors voted by the Blue-Ribbon media panel and a nod from the second-team head coach panel. Westbeld also landed naturally on the ACC All-Freshman list.
ACC’S MOST COMPREHENSIVE FRESHMAN
It could be argued that Maddy also deserved the Blue-Ribbon media nod for Rookie of the Year. She was not only the most complete rookie in the ACC this past season, but also one of the most complete in the entire country. Here are the stats to back it up:
• Ranking of ACC freshman statistics: 1st in scoring, 2nd in rebounds, 2nd in steals, 4th in assists and 4th in blocks. She was the only rookie in the league to make the top four in all of the categories mentioned above.
• Maddy was the only freshman in the country to average at least 15 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals. Overall, she was just one of eight Division I players.
• Ranked 4th nationally among freshmen in the Points + Rebounds + Assist / Play category with 25.5 – ACC’s top freshmen.
• His 15.2 points per game led all CCA rookies and placed 10th overall in the league. Nationally, her score average ranked 11th among all Division I freshmen.
IMMEDIATE IMPACT – OLIVIA MILES
Notre Dame received a major mid-season boost with star point guard Olivia Miles, who became the very first to enter the program early. Miles arrived on campus on January 18 and participated in a quarantine week. Once cleared, she began training with the team on January 27. She had three workouts under her belt before heading to Syracuse, where she had an immediate impact.
Miles brought a new look and a new swagger to the Irish offensive. The freshman finished the season in a five-game double-digit streak, totaling 52 points (10.4 points per game) during that span. His 9.3 points per game in his short season ranked 4th on the team, while his 3.5 points per game took the highest rating.
More impressive was the fact that the 18-year-old was thrown into the fire – four of her six games were against the top five seeds in the ACC tournament.
Miles made up half of Coach Ivey’s top-five nationally ranked recruiting class, which also included guard Sonia Citron. Miles was ranked No.8 prospect by ESPN and No.2 point guard.
O MADDY IS RANKED AMONG THE FRESH ND
We’ve talked about Maddy’s ranking among the top freshmen in the country, but what about Notre Dame of all time?
Westbeld’s 15.2 point-per-game scoring average ranked in the all-time top three behind Shari Matvey (17.6 in 1979-80) and Beth Morgan (17.9 in 1993-94). Additionally, her 7.9 rpg tied Brianna Turner for fourth.
APPROACH MILESTONE: 700
When it comes to the Mabrey family, that’s a lot of buckets. Queens of the three, some would say. Marina graduated in 2019 with the program’s all-time career becoming a three-point leader, draining a total of 274. Michaela converted a career total of 228, while Dara now has 195. In total, the Mabreys totaled a whopping 697 splashes.
TURN THE THREE AROUND
At the end of the 2019-20 season, the Irish were ranked dead last in the ACC in three-point shooting percentage (0.271). Fast forward so far and the Irish have seen quite a renaissance beyond the arc, mostly thanks to the quartet of Mabrey, Brunelle, Westbeld and Walker. In fact, the Irish converted 35.5% out of three, who placed not only 4th in the ACC rankings, but also 41st in the country.
Dara Mabrey led the ACC in three-point shooting percentage for part of the season, but ultimately finished 5th with 38.5%. That number also ranked 61st in the nation. Westbeld ultimately led the team in three-point shooting percentage with 38.8 percent, while Brunelle scored 38.3 percent.
HERE COME THE IRISH – MAYA DODSON
On February 2, Coach Ivey tweeted, by far the best day of 2021. Shortly after the schedule announced the addition of Stanford transfer Maya Dodson, who will be eligible to play for the 2021-22 season.
The 6-3 forward from Alpharetta, Ga., Had already retired from her senior season at Stanford. In just three years with the Cardinal, Dodson has already climbed into the program’s all-time top 10 for career blocks (78) and career goal percentage (0.497).
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