Women's Hoops Blog

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

More milestones:

Coach Muffet McGraw at Notre Dame notched win #500.
I go back all the way to the beginning and think about all the players who have come through here and just been great people, and been important people in my life,” McGraw said. “All of my assistant coaches … there are just so many people. Niele Ivey, who is here with me as an assistant coach ... Ruth Riley. You go back to Beth Morgan and Katryna Gaither and back further to Karen Robinson … so many players over the years who have made such an impact on our program and really have built it to where it is.”
Fellow Big East coach Geno Auriemma grabbed number 700. Writes Graham
Satchel Paige once cautioned against looking back, lest it confirm something is gaining on you. The career of Geno Auriemma, a character with both the personality and athletic feats to hold his own in a sentence with Paige, offers a rebuttal.

Sometimes they aren't gaining on you. Sometimes they aren't even close.

With Friday's 91-46 win against Hofstra, Connecticut's 47th in a row, Auriemma became the 11th coach in Division I history to amass 700 career victories. If it feels like just yesterday that he wrapped up No. 500 (April 6, 2003, against Texas) or No. 600 (Dec. 31, 2006, against Sacred Heart), it's because, at least in coaching time, it was.