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Notre Dame's McGraw named ACC women's coach of they year

Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw added another coaching award to her résumé on Wednesday.

McGraw was named the ACC coach of the year after leading the No. 2 Irish (29-0) to their first undefeated regular season and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

McGraw has won conference coach of the year honors six times and in five different leagues. She was also named coach fo the year in the East Coast Conference in 1983, while coaching at Lehigh, and she also earned coach of the year honors in the North Star Conference in 1988, Midwestern Collegiate Conference/Horizon League in 1991 and the Big East in 2001 and 2013 while at Notre Dame.

"This is entirely a team award," McGraw said in a release. "It's a credit to our players and amazing coaching staff – (associate head coach) Carol Owens, (associate coach) Beth Cunningham and (assistant coach/recruiting coordinator) Niele Ivey – for all the hard work they have put in so far this season. We do this together as a team and I couldn't be more proud of what we've achieved together to this point."

Notre Dame opens play in the ACC tournament, which tipped off Wednesday, in the quarterfinals on Friday. The Irish will play the winner of Thursday's game between No. 8 seeded Miami and No. 9 seed Florida State.

Maryland's Alyssa Thomas was named the ACC player of the year for a record-tying third time, and North Carolina's Diamond DeShields earned rookie of the year.

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