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Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffett McGraw was named to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday.

McGraw to enter Hall of Fame

Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw made program history Saturday.

McGraw became the first Irish selection to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame when the class of 2011 was announced during the WNBA All-Star Game in Uncasville, Conn.

Other members of the class are former Olympic gold medalists Ruthie Bolton (Georgia) and Vicky Bullett (Maryland), Val Ackerman, the first WNBA president (1996-2005) and first female president of USA Basketball (2005-08), and three-time All-America players from the pre-NCAA era, Pearl Moore (Frances Marion) and Lometa Odom (Wayland Baptist).

"Even though it's been a few days since I first heard the news, I'm really still in a state of shock," McGraw said in a news release. "To be included with such a tremendous group of contributors to the game of women's basketball is an honor and something that will hold a special place in my heart forever. None of this would be remotely possible without the support of all of the outstanding players, assistant coaches, administrators, staff and fans I've had the great fortune to work with during my coaching career, beginning in Philadelphia at Archbishop Carroll High School and my alma mater, Saint Joseph's University, continuing at Lehigh University, and most significantly during the 23 wonderful seasons I've spent here at Notre Dame."

The group will be introduced at the 2010 State Farm Tip-Off Classic in November and will be enshrined during the Hall's 13th annual Induction Weekend in June, 2011, at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. Dates for the events will be announced at a later date.

McGraw has coached at the college level for 28 seasons, compiling a 613-244 record, and she is 525-203 in 23 seasons at Notre Dame. She led the Irish to the 2001 NCAA championship, defeating Purdue 68-66, and she has 17 NCAA appearances with Notre Dame earning berths into the last 15 tournaments.

McGraw highlights

  • Led the Irish to the 2001 NCAA Championship, defeating Purdue in the title game, 68-66. McGraw is one of only eight active Division I coaches to guide her team to a national title.
  • Two trips to the NCAA Final Four (1997 and 2001). McGraw is one of just 15 active Division I coaches to lead her team to multiple Final Four appearances.
  • Eight NCAA Sweet 16 trips, all in the past 14 seasons (1997-2010). The Irish are one of only 10 programs in the nation that can make that claim.
  • 20 seasons with 20-or-more victories, including 16 in the past 17 years (1993-2010). Notre Dame also has posted seven 25-win seasons and two 30-win campaigns in the past 14 years (1997-2010).
  • 17 NCAA tournament appearances, including a current string of 15 consecutive NCAA tournament berths. During the present 15-year streak (1996-2010), Notre Dame has won at least one NCAA postseason game 13 times.
  • 66 wins over ranked opponents, including 56 in the past 12 years alone (1998-2010). In addition, 20 of those wins have come against top-10 opponents.
  • 197 appearances in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, putting McGraw 13th among active Division I coaches and 22nd all-time on that list (through the end of the 2009-10 season). Notre Dame also has spent 95 weeks ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation, all in the past 13 seasons (1997-2010).
  • 12 top-four finishes in the Big East during Notre Dame's 15 years in that league (1995-96 through 2009-10). The Irish also won a share of the 2001 Big East regular-season title.
  • 14 consecutive top-20 recruiting classes, dating back to the incoming class of 1997. Notre Dame is one of just three programs in the nation that currently owns a streak of that length.
  • One of only four coaches in the 123-year history of Irish athletics to win 500 games at Notre Dame, tying for third all-time with fencing's Yves Auriol (525-33 from 1986-2002) and standing behind only baseball coach Jake Kline (558-449-5 from 1934-75) and fencing skipper Michael DeCicco (680-45 from 1962-86).
  • A 100 percent graduation rate for all players entering the program since 1987 who have completed their athletic and academic eligibility at Notre Dame (a spotless 62-for-62 success rate).
– From Notre Dame sports information

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