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  • 30 Jul
    导出博客文章SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame won a national championship the last time coach
    Muffet McGraw thought she had the nations best player and best point
    guard.McGraw likes the chances of doing it again 16 years later. Not only does
    she have Brianna Turner, the returning Atlantic Coast Conference player and
    defensive player of the year, and Lindsay Allen, who has guided the Irish to a
    106-6 record the past three seasons, she also has the deepest team shes had in
    her 30 years in South Bend. For the first time, the top-ranked Irish will start
    five former McDonalds All-American high school players, and have three more
    contributing off the bench.We have the depth at pretty much every position,
    McGraw said.Before Allen arrived, Notre Dame had a total of eight McDonalds
    players on its roster since the first All-America high school team was named in
    2002. The Irish have that many on its roster this year alone.McGraw thinks she
    could use a 10-player rotation, a stark contrast from the six-player rotation
    she used when Ruth Riley and Niele Ivey, now a Notre Dames assistant, led the
    Irish to the national championship in April 2001. McGraw said the Irish have so
    much talent it could be a challenge for her.You have a lot of different people
    on the floor all the time, McGraw said. I think there are some combinations that
    will look better together. Thats going to be my challenge to figure out who
    plays well together, McGraw said.The third returning starter is forward Kathryn
    Westbeld. Other key returners are guards Arike Ogunbowale, Marina Mabrey and
    Mychal Johnson. The Irish also add 6-2 freshman forward Erin Boley, the Gatorade
    National Player of the Year, 6-0 guard Jackie Young, the Naismith National
    Player of the Year, and 5-10 sophomore guard Ali Patberg, who missed last season
    with a knee injury.Allen said she doesnt think egos will be a problem.Our
    offense makes it easier because our offense is a read so were not focusing on
    going to one player, she said.The Irish are ranked No. 1 for the first time
    since their national championship season, which leaves McGraw a bit
    uncomfortable.I would rather be the underdog, she said. Our key is weve got to
    have fun. Weve got to enjoy this journey. I think thats the toughest thing to do
    when you see yourself as No. 1. Everything you do, youre holding up to the No.
    1.Other things to watch with Notre Dame:THE GLUEWith so many scorers, McGraw
    wants to know which player is going to do the little things for the Irish.Whos
    going to be out there and doesnt need to score, just wants to facilitate? McGraw
    said. Whos going to come into the game and say, `My job is to rebound and get
    the ball to Bri.? Its great that we have all these scorers but theres only one
    ball and we really want to make sure the right people are getting the
    shots.SURPRISE CONTRIBUTORMcGraw is expecting a bigger contribution from 6-4
    senior forward Kristina Nelson, who averaged 8.4 minutes last season. Shes made
    tremendous strides with her mindset, McGraw said.ON THE ROADThe Irish play 10
    road games in a 12-game stretch starting at No. 21 DePaul on Dec. 10, three days
    after facing four-time defending champion Connecticut in South Bend.DUNK
    TIMENotre Dame fans have been waiting to see Turner dunk since shes arrived on
    campus. Shes been hampered by an injury to her right shoulder sustained her
    freshman season and aggravated last season, causing her to miss six games. But
    shes healthy after undergoing surgery. She said shes not going to try to force a
    dunk: Im just going to go with the flow and see what happens.McGraw said she
    hasnt seen one in practice.She only does it when Im not there, McGraw said. I
    think it would be an awesome way to start the season.NO. 1Notre Dame has spent a
    lot of time at No. 2, but has been ranked No. 1 for only six weeks in the AP
    poll, all of it until now coming during the national championship season of
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