What does it take to succeed in college basketball? Skill, perseverance, drive and when you’re on the court, power and finesse.
Taking the reins away from a program the likes of Connecticut was an immense challenge. Keeping those national titles away from the Huskies isn’t a one year effort either. They’ll be back.
Muffet McGraw has succeeded in building what appears to be the next dynasty program with Notre Dame. Though the Irish came up short for a conference title they used power and finesse to chip away at competitors for a national title.
Hot on her heels is Jeff Walz at Louisville where those critical basketball skills led to an ACC championship last season. The Cardinals are back and ready to go beyond a conference title.
The Irish and Cardinals are two of five conference teams in the AP Top 25. There are three additional teams waiting in the wings for their shot at a spot in the rankings as well.
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Notre Dame is loaded with talent that know a thing or two about using power and finesse. A roster with names like Marina Mabrey (out with a quad injury), Arike Ogunbowale, Brianna Turner, Jackie Shepard and Jackie Young are lighting up the scoreboard.
Louisville returns Asia Durr (ACC Player of the Week) who is quite frankly, a scoring machine. Along with Bionca Dunham, Sam Fuehring, Pitt transfer Yacine Diop and Arica Carter this team also understands power and finesse.
Let’s not forget the newcomers that will be spicing things up this season. Florida State’s Valencia Myers was named this season’s first ACC Rookie of the Week.
Schools in the ACC are paying more attention to the success of their women’s basketball programs and players are taking notice. Four teams added new coaches who bring their own levels of power and finesse to the game.
- Boston College – Joanna Bernabei-McNamee
- Clemson – Amanda Butler
- Pitt – Lance White
- Virginia – Tina Thompson
Last year 8 teams from the conference were part of the field of 64 in the NCAA Tournament and there is good reason to believe that scenario will repeat this year.