by WSBT 22 Sports
A season wrought with frustration reached a new low Sunday.
The Notre Dame women’s basketball team lost at home to ninth-ranked NC State by 34 points.
It drops the team’s record to 6-11 and marks the first time in program history that Notre Dame has lost five consecutive home games.
No one has taken these losses harder than Muffet McGraw. The Hall of Fame head coach and two-time national champion is navigating uncharted waters.
Notre Dame hasn’t had a losing season in women’s basketball since 1992, and once her teams started winning in the mid-90s, they never stopped.
Following Sunday’s loss, McGraw was asked how difficult this season has been and she couldn’t hold back the emotions.
“I just gotta do better,” said McGraw. “I feel like I can fix it, but I didn’t. I’m gonna keep trying, I’m going to find an answer, and I’m gonna fix it.
So how does she go about fixing it?
One problem that can’t be fixed overnight is depth. Notre Dame has a starter in Abby Prohaska out for the year and another in Anaya Peoples, who left Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury, the severity of which is unknown right now.
McGraw’s team have battled adversity before and come out stronger because of it. The Hall of Famer’s not about to stop battling or believing.
“We’re gonna keep battling,” said McGraw. “We’re gonna keep fighting and we’re gonna keep practicing and I think we’re going to get better. It could turn at any moment. I think we’re good enough. I really believe that we’re good enough. We just haven’t had that game where everybody plays well at the same time.”
Notre Dame’s next chance to have that game and end this slide is on Thursday. The Irish play at Duke.