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  • ND Women’s BB Season 20-21

    2020-2021 Schedule

    Record: 8-7
    ACC Record- 6-5
    ACC Rank- 5th

    Nov. 27- at Ohio- 85-86- Loss
    Nov. 29- vs. Miami (OH)- 88-68-Win
    Dec. 3- vs. 24. Michigan- 66-76- Loss
    Dec. 6- vs. IUPUI- 65-58- Win
    Dec. 13- vs. Georgia Tech 67-82- Loss
    Dec. 17- vs. Virginia Tech- 84-78- Win
    Dec. 20- at Clemson- 55-78- Loss
    Dec. 31- at Miami- 71-60- Win
    Jan. 3- vs. Georgia Tech- 69-67- Win
    Jan. 7- at Boston College- 61-64- Loss

    Jan. 14- vs Pittsburgh- Postponed

    Jan. 14- vs Wake Forest- 79-72- Win
    Jan. 17- vs Boston College- 83-73- Win
    Jan. 21- at Virginia Tech- 65-60-Win
    Jan. 24- at North Carolina- 73-78- Loss
    Jan. 31- at Syracuse- 69-81- Loss
    Feb. 7- at 1. Louisville
    Feb. 15- at 2. NC St
    Feb. 18- vs. Syracuse
    Feb. 22- at Pittsburgh
    Feb. 25- vs Florida St
    Feb. 28- vs. Louisville


    Coach Ivey had her first press conference today. Highlights:
    1. Looking at at 20 game conference schedule with 4 or 5 non-conference games. Probably means no exhibition games, but not sure. ACC play is supposed to begin December 10. Sounds like the full schedule will be released by the end of the week.
    2. Mikayla Vaughn and Sam Brunelle are both coming back from injuries and not quite a 100% yet. Anaya Peoples shoulder is fully healed and she is ready to go. No mention of Abby Prohaska. Danielle Cosgrove is on a leave of absence for mental health reasons.
    3. Practice started October 14.
    4. Sounds like Dara Mabrey and Anaya Peoples have really stood out in practice so far. Madelyn Westbeld is the most impressive freshman.
    5. Unsure if fans will be allowed yet in Purcell Pavilion.
    6. Nicole Benz was awarded a scholarship for this year! Congratulations!

    http://https://youtu.be/PPMu-9ZTK9E
    Last edited by BabyIrish; 01-31-2021, 06:30 PM.
    Love Thee Notre Dame!

  • #2
    Thanks for subbing in for BGIF on this.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Old Man Mike View Post
      Thanks for subbing in for BGIF on this.
      I doubt I’ll be able to ever do the game updates he did, but I can certainly manage the season in his honor.
      Love Thee Notre Dame!

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      • #4
        What happened to BGIF? What did I miss?

        Thanks for the thread.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by AllTimeIrish View Post
          What happened to BGIF? What did I miss?

          Thanks for the thread.
          He passed away sorry to say.
          The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
          Of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee

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          • #6
            Just read a summary article on the team as it stands now. The negative is that all of our Bigs are hampered one way or the other. Brunelle seems (thankfully) pretty much ready to go, but Vaughn won't be until right at the start of the ACC conference season (there will apparently be a few non-con games of the home or short bus ride variety before the 20 game conference season.)

            The big freshman 6'5"center (forgot her name --- Marshall?) has a situation similar to Vaughn, so won't be ready at the start either. Cosgrove is apparently taking the semester off at home to try to get her head together --- this is called a "mental" problem, but sounds like anxiety or even depression. She is planning to be back for second semester. The only other sort-of big available is frosh Maddy Westbeld who is Kat's sister. The coaching staff is really impressed by her skill AND maturity.

            So to begin at least, we're small ball again. The pieces (Gilbert, Peoples, Walker, transfer Dara Mabrey, and Brunelle) are ALL double-figure scorers though with Mabrey contributing the BIG missing piece (three-point shooting.) If we can ever get a rebound we'll probably win games. I am surprised that my favorite player, Abby Prohaska, has been cleared to play --- if she's REALLY strong to go, then some of our scrappy style and success will return.

            My prediction is that Anaya Peoples will be our on-floor warrior. Despite being recruited as a (big) point guard, I would not be surprised if she led in rebounds. A dream for me would be watching Peoples, a healthy Abby, an angry Kaitlin (Gilbert --- she dominates when she gets fired up), a Mabrey named Dara, and any motivated big, get out there together and just chew up some opponents defensively for several minutes, like a few of Muffet's (pre-Arike) squads could do. THAT would be "Ball" indeed.

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            • #7
              2020-2021 Schedule

              Nov. 27- at Ohio
              Nov. 29- vs. Miami (OH)
              Dec. 3- vs. Michigan
              Dec. 6- vs. IUPUI
              Dec. 13- vs. Georgia Tech
              Dec. 17- vs. Virginia Tech
              Dec. 20- at Clemson
              Dec. 31- at Miami
              Jan. 3- vs. Georgia Tech
              Jan. 7- at Boston College
              Jan. 10- at Syracuse
              Jan. 14- vs Pittsburgh
              Jan. 17- vs Boston College
              Jan. 21- at Virginia Tech
              Jan. 24- at North Carolina
              Jan. 28- vs. Wake Forest
              Jan. 31- vs. Duke
              Feb. 7- at Louisville
              Feb. 11- vs Virginia
              Feb. 15- at NC St
              Feb. 18- vs. Syracuse
              Feb. 22- at Pittsburgh
              Feb. 25- vs Florida St
              Feb. 28- vs. Louisville
              Love Thee Notre Dame!

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              • #8
                We'll be missing five players for the opening game --- none (it sounds) due to COVID. Two players (Vaughn and a frosh) are still re-habbing ACLs. Another is a freshman. So that leaves two players "counted on" for this first game:Brunelle and Gilbert. Both of those are important.

                Starters should be: Walker, Mabrey, Peoples, Westbeld, and Prohaska. Not much height but this is a MAC team. Big happy surprise for me is that Abby's playing. Hope she's full-go well. Look for Peoples to boss the game.

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                • #9
                  New chapter. Let's go ladies.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Old Man Mike View Post
                    We'll be missing five players for the opening game --- none (it sounds) due to COVID. Two players (Vaughn and a frosh) are still re-habbing ACLs. Another is a freshman. So that leaves two players "counted on" for this first game:Brunelle and Gilbert. Both of those are important.

                    Starters should be: Walker, Mabrey, Peoples, Westbeld, and Prohaska. Not much height but this is a MAC team. Big happy surprise for me is that Abby's playing. Hope she's full-go well. Look for Peoples to boss the game.
                    Can’t wait to see Prohaska back on the court!!
                    Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                    • #11
                      Haven't been able to watch the game b/c its on ESPN+, but I just checked the stats. Not going well. Westbeld is already in foul trouble in the 2nd quarter. I guess we'll have to go with the ultimate small ball lineup.

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                      • #12
                        At the half:
                        Ohio-41
                        ND-30

                        Started off okay but really tailed off in the whole second half.
                        Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                        • #13
                          ND 10-0 run to get the score 52-49

                          Ohio hits a 3. Now 55-49

                          Dara Mabrey with 18
                          Westbeld has 4 fouls. Which is bad considering we outscore Ohio when she’s on the floor and vice versa when she’s off the floor.
                          Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                          • #14
                            Dara Mabrey with 5 quick points and a People’s and 1 puts the Irish up by 1.

                            Ohio with a layup to put them back up 60-59.

                            ND Free Throw ties the game at 60
                            Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                            • #15
                              End of the 3 Quarter
                              ND- 65, Ohio-62

                              ND scores 35 in the 3rd quarter. Dara Mabrey explodes to up her point total to 26.
                              Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                              • #16
                                Mabrey with 2 more 3 pointers!! 32 total points! Irish up 6
                                Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                • #17
                                  Mabrey lighting it up. 7-12 from deep

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                                  • #18
                                    ND up 77-70

                                    Ohio 3 good. Refs call a bizarre foul on Mabrey to keep the ball for Ohio.
                                    Westbeld proceeds to foul out. 1 out of 2 FT’s makes it 77-74
                                    Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                    • #19
                                      Ohio with 8-0 run to take lead to 78-77

                                      4 quick points by the Irish to go back up 81-78

                                      Prohaska picks up a 4th foul.
                                      Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                      • #20
                                        Ohio TO with the ball. 1:49 to go.
                                        ND up 81-79
                                        Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                        • #21
                                          Ohio ties the game.
                                          Bizarre offensive foul on Peoples. She fouls out. Down to 6 players total.
                                          TO at 1:29 to go.
                                          Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                          • #22
                                            Foul on Walker. She now has 4. So does Prohaska. Getting shaky.

                                            Ohio sinks both FT’s. 83-81 Ohio.
                                            Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                            • #23
                                              Dara Mabrey deuce!! 83-83 with just under a minute to go. Another TO.
                                              Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                              • #24
                                                Ohio layup. 85-83
                                                Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                • #25
                                                  Mabrey miss. ND fouls with 18 seconds to play.

                                                  Ohio hits 1 out of 2 to keep it a one possession game.

                                                  86-83 Ohio.
                                                  Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                  • #26
                                                    Mabrey miss. Foul on Ohio on the rebound. Walker with 2 FT’s. 3 seconds to go.

                                                    Ohio 86-85
                                                    Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                    • #27
                                                      Ohio misses FT’s but ND misses half court shot. Loses 86-85
                                                      Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                      • #28
                                                        Somogyi thinks that Ohio U is pretty good. I think that is probably true. They have a big star and a secondary star to organize around. They're not overly big like most MAC teams, but without Vaughn and Brunelle we are small too.

                                                        Vaughn is out for a while yet. Brunelle and Gilbert are supposed to be out the next game too.

                                                        Mabrey didn't surprise me --- well 30+ points maybe, but not generally. I watched her play several times for VT and she's another Mabrey Natural. I thought that VT underutilized her skills with their multi-substitution policy (maybe it's a factor in her transferring.)

                                                        Abby, sadly, is still a lunchbox warrior bricklayer. Thank the Lord for Maddy Westbeld. (Let's root for half Madison Cable and half Kat Westbeld --- watching that athlete would be a treat, and maybe we'll get just that.)

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                                                        • #29
                                                          1st Quarter Score:
                                                          ND- 19
                                                          Miami (OH)- 11

                                                          Halftime Score:
                                                          ND-45
                                                          UM- 30

                                                          3rd Quarter Score:
                                                          ND- 62
                                                          UM-46

                                                          Destined Walker Leading scorer this far with 24
                                                          Dara Mabrey is currently at 0 points.
                                                          Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                          • #30
                                                            Final Score:
                                                            ND-88
                                                            Miami OH-68

                                                            Walker finishes with 24
                                                            Westbeld hits 19. She’s already a force as a freshman. Can’t wait to see the team when Brunelle and Gilbert come back as well as Vaughn.
                                                            Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                            • #31
                                                              <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;�������� �������� ���� �������� ���� ������ ���� ������ �������� ������������ ��������&#39;�� �������� ���������������� ���� ���� ��������.&quot;<br><br>Congrats on your first win as head coach, <a href="https://twitter.com/IrishCoachIvey?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IrishCoachIve y</a>!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoIrish?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoIrish </a> ☘️ <a href="https://t.co/3PCgdSPtwz">pic.twitter.com/3PCgdSPtwz</a></p>&mdash; Notre Dame WBB �� (@ndwbb) <a href="https://twitter.com/ndwbb/status/1333191506778316802?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 29, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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                                                              • #32
                                                                ND vs Michigan

                                                                ND- 14 UM-8 with 2:30 left in the 1st.

                                                                Both Brunelle and Gilbert have played this far. Good to have them back. Irish looking great so far
                                                                Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                                • #33
                                                                  ND down 65-60 to UM with 6 minutes to go
                                                                  Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                                  • #34
                                                                    lost by ten. irish BB programs not giving me much reason to stop think about football.

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                                                                    • #35
                                                                      Irish lose 76-66.

                                                                      First five minutes were excellent for the Irish. Seemed to go downhill from there. I’m still confident they can become a great team. Just need time to gel. COVID-19 might prevent that though.
                                                                      Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                                      • #36
                                                                        Irish win an uninspiring game 65-58 against IUPUI. They were down by 8 at the half and were tied 58-58 with a few minutes left in the 4th.

                                                                        Maddy Westbeld had 22 and looks like the best player for the Irish right now. Pretty incredible.
                                                                        Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                                        • #37
                                                                          Mikayla Vaughn is back! Irish are at full strength.
                                                                          Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                                          • #38
                                                                            Hmm I wasn’t expecting this kind of struggle for Ivey. The roster is loaded with talent.

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                                                                            • #39
                                                                              Originally posted by arrowryan View Post
                                                                              Hmm I wasn’t expecting this kind of struggle for Ivey. The roster is loaded with talent.
                                                                              Disappointing effort for sure but this is a good team in the conference. I’d like to see a better result the next time around.
                                                                              Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                                              • #40
                                                                                Looks like a pathetic effort. I Know it’s early in her career, but do we know whether Ivey is a good bench coach, developer of talent, etc.

                                                                                We were spoiled with Muffet. She’s a hall of fame coach and one of the top of all time. Time will tell with Ivey.

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                                                                                • #41
                                                                                  I've not been able to follow the team well (health issues), but this is a tough road for a new coach. As said above, this is a test as to this coach's ability to be a head coach, rather than assisting a suoerhuman Hall-of-Famer. Although Ivey was around with these returning players, I note that the major contributors to the team so far are brand new (Mabrey and Westbeld.) That's your point guard and main post player/scorer. That's a new team.

                                                                                  This team has not gelled at all. That shouldn't be surprising in that Vaughn, Brunelle, and Gilbert were not immediately available. Maybe that is hopeful. Less so is the performance (reading only stats) of Anaya Peoples. This was/is the player that I thought would be (alongside Mabrey) the team leader this season and the inserter of a certain attitude of "I won't lose" during hard times during games. I don't think that this is happening for whatever reasons.

                                                                                  The real downer so far is that this team is seemingly bad on defense. Coach Ivey commented upon almost nothing else after the game, saying that none of the schemes operated properly. And we must remember that Muffet was THE in-game defensive change genius. Suspicious in the GT game that Destiny Walker was on the bench the entire second half despite Ivey saying that she was physically fine.

                                                                                  So, will we gel or not? That COULD happen, but the jury is WAY out.

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                                                                                  • #42
                                                                                    ND playing undefeated Virginia Tech. They were down by 10 in the second but went on a 20-5 run to end the half. Westbeld has 15. She’s legit.
                                                                                    Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                                                    • #43
                                                                                      Peoples with a crossover to give the Irish a 2 pt lead with 1 minute to go!
                                                                                      Irish have made a ton of mistakes but still have a chance to win.
                                                                                      Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                                                      • #44
                                                                                        Peoples anothe drive for a 4 pt lead! Impressive!
                                                                                        Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                                                        • #45
                                                                                          Irish win 84-78. Congratulations coach on your first ACC win!
                                                                                          Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                                                          • #46
                                                                                            Originally posted by BabyIrish View Post
                                                                                            Irish win 84-78. Congratulations coach on your first ACC win!
                                                                                            Needed victory and it was good to see Sam getting back to form. Still not sure about her shooting so many 3's, but tonight she shined. Really happy for her.

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                                                                                            • #47
                                                                                              Several interesting things about this game:
                                                                                              a. Westbeld continues to succeed despite that opponents now must be trying to stop her;
                                                                                              b. Peoples has showed up finally. Leading rebounder. What I expected from her attitudinally;
                                                                                              c. Brunelle didn't start but rained threes as she should. Outside of Mabrey she is our most dangerous long gunner;
                                                                                              d. Destiny Walker did not play. Coupled with her not playing at all in last game's second half ordinarily that would mean injury --- but Coach said that she was physically OK last game. Is there Trouble In Paradise?

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                                                                                              • #48
                                                                                                Originally posted by Ndaccountant View Post
                                                                                                Needed victory and it was good to see Sam getting back to form. Still not sure about her shooting so many 3's, but tonight she shined. Really happy for her.
                                                                                                Peoples too. Had a great second half.
                                                                                                Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                                                                • #49
                                                                                                  Originally posted by Old Man Mike View Post
                                                                                                  Several interesting things about this game:
                                                                                                  a. Westbeld continues to succeed despite that opponents now must be trying to stop her;
                                                                                                  b. Peoples has showed up finally. Leading rebounder. What I expected from her attitudinally;
                                                                                                  c. Brunelle didn't start but rained threes as she should. Outside of Mabrey she is our most dangerous long gunner;
                                                                                                  d. Destiny Walker did not play. Coupled with her not playing at all in last game's second half ordinarily that would mean injury --- but Coach said that she was physically OK last game. Is there Trouble In Paradise?
                                                                                                  Announcers mentioned they think it had something to do with not being tough. Ivey wanted some fire, passion and grit. Walker wasn’t giving it as the lead guard (according to announcers)
                                                                                                  Love Thee Notre Dame!

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                                                                                                  • #50
                                                                                                    Irish get revenge and win today 83-73. They’ve won 4 of the last 5 and should be on a five game winning streak but gave up a 12 point lead in the final three minutes against BC.

                                                                                                    They’ve got VT and UNC and then a gauntlet to end the season. We’ll really start to see what they’re made of against Syracuse, Louisville and NC St.
                                                                                                    Love Thee Notre Dame!

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