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Head coach Muffet McGraw’s No. 2-ranked Irish remain Notre Dame’s beacon during what has been a difficult January, improving to 16-1 with a 74-50 rout of St. John’s.
So that's what Skylar Diggins looks like!
Every athletic team at ND would do well to strive for the year to year excellence that the Irish ladies have achieved over the years.This is a credit to Coach McGraw and her staff.Keep it going ladies and continue to make us proud.
It's been a spectacular run for the women. If they get another crack at Baylor, I think they'll make a better showing. When they first played them, they were still trying to find their rhythm with the loss of three starters, two of whom were top draft picks, which makes this year's performance all the more impressive.
I may not be pretty, but I'm fast.....
POTW 1/31/11 - 2/6/11
The ladies were playing some very good ball yesterday. Natalie Achonwa was a force to be reckoned with. Skylar Diggins played very well and kept her emotions in check…there were a couple times she looked as if she was ready to take over the game. The team is playing very good basketball and as good as they are playing this year I believe they will be even better next year. The players coming off the bench are strong and have a lot of talent.
Normally, I'm usually on board with theories about how a program does many times improve, galvanize or employ better team play after losing a superstar — a la this year's football team minus Michael Floyd, the 1988 national champs even without Tim Brown, etc.
Make no mistake, the women's basketball program will remain a strong top-10 program after Skylar next year. Kayla McBride and Natalie Achonwa will be fine senior leaders, and Muffet McGraw consistently brings in a "top 5" caliber recruit every season, including current freshman Jewell Loyd and next year 6-3 forward Taya Reimer, ranked No. 1 at her position.
But next year's program won't be "better" without Skylar Diggins, mainly because of her leadership and unselfishness. She could easily average 20 a game if she wanted, but she stays around the 15-point mark and has about three times more assists than anyone else on the team because of her total understanding of team basketball. You don't just replace on-floor leadership like that. Next year will be like the couple of years the Bulls had without Michael Jordan — still very good, competitive and advancing in the playoffs, but Jordan was the difference in winning six championships. Skylar is the difference in making this a perennial top 2-4 program.
What I meant about Skylar is: As a Superstar, there aren't many photos of her in Blue & Gold (like Manti).
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