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Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw is the 2012-13 recipient of the Women's National Coach of the Year Award, presented annually by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
McGraw, who last won the award in 2001 the year she led the Irish to the NCAA title, will be recognized by the USBWA on Sun., April 7, at a 4:30 p.m. ET awards presentation in the New Orleans Sports Arena in advance of the NCAA Women's Final Four, which will begin at the venue two hours later.
Though McGraw lost four key seniors (who accounted for 40 percent of the Irish's scoring and rebounding), including three starters from last year's squad that advanced to the NCAA national championship game for the second consecutive season, McGrawhas her program right back in the national semifinals again this weekend.
Heading to meet Big East rival Connecticut this weekend for the third straight season, Notre Dame has already beaten the Huskies by a narrow margin in three previous meetings, including the Big East championship. Notre Dame is 12-1 against ranked teams this season and 6-1 against the Top 10, including the three wins over UConn and a loss to Baylor.
"We've made it to this stage in the season because of Coach McGraw," two-time USBWA All-American senior Skylar Diggins said. "She's the reason. She's a great coach. She has a great basketball IQ. She knows what to do with her players, and she knows how to motivate her players. For me personally, she makes it easy for me, because she just allows me to play my game."
Well deserved honor. Good luck to the Lady Cagers in the FINAL FOUR. Go Irish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congrats, well deserved.
Two time Poster of The Week, 2011 and 2013.
They don't get much better than Muffet. Couldn't happen to a better person. Congrats!
Onward to Victory!
Slam dunk. Fantastic job this year.
I may not be pretty, but I'm fast.....
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