Notre Dame Basketball

Dimes with Dara | Muffet McGraw Interview

November 29, 2023

Former Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw sits down with Dara Mabrey and Greg Flammang to discuss Irish hoops. 

1:20 - Thanksgiving recap with Dara and Greg 

5:00 - What it means to have a statue coming in December 

6:45 - If there were ever thoughts about earning a statue or having the level of success at Notre Dame 

8:10 - First woman to have a statue at Notre Dame 

9:25 - What it means to Dara to have McGraw honored 

13:43 - Connection and relationship with Niele Ivey 

16:10 - Thoughts on the 2023-24 Irish and how to transition new players into Notre Dame 

19:25 - Leadership within this year’s team and the importance of senior leadership 

22:10 - How she approached challenging players to lead 

24:12 - Maddy Westbeld’s response on the floor following Sonia Citron’s injury 

26:30 - Teaching of accountability 

28:58 - When Dara started to feel embracing accountability within the program 

31:05 - Two-time captain at St. John’s paving the way for McGraw being a coach 

33:40 - Impressions of freshman Hannah Hidalgo 

37:10 - The challenge of integrating Sonia Citron and Olivia Miles into the rotation when they return

41:08 - If there are concerns about the lack of size and depth inside 

43:00 - Small ball lineups

45:24 - Importance of Emma Risch and Anna DeWolfe finding comfort at this level 

49:33 - How McGraw watches a game and areas of concern 

51:09 - Finding an identity of the team without Miles being in the rotation 

54:15 - KK Bransford being the x-factor for Notre Dame and the potential of the Irish this year 

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