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November 09, 2015

SCORING OPTIONS ABOUND

Four starters are back from a team that reached the national championship game last April, so if you think coach Muffet McGraw is worried about losing guard Jewell Loyd's 19.8 points, think again. "The easiest things to replace are offensive stats," McGraw says.

That's easy to say when you have a point guard as talented as junior Lindsay Allen, who has more assists through two seasons (355) than any player in school history. She'll be passing to preseason All-America 6'3" sophomore forward Brianna Turner and lightning-quick 6'4" junior forward Taya Reimer, who are reliable scorers both in the paint and on the perimeter. The Irish also have a freshman class stacked with top 20 recruits, including 5'8" Arike (Rico) Ogunbowale, a powerful point guard who will contribute immediately on both ends of the floor, and deadeye shooting guard Marina Mabrey, the younger sister of senior guard Michaela.

The Irish have dominated the ACC, winning 37 of 38 games since joining the conference two seasons ago, and they're gunning for their sixth straight Final Four. They face UConn in Storrs on Dec. 5, a rematch of the last two title games and an interesting test for both teams. Win or lose, McGraw will know what—if anything—she should be worried about.

TEAM STATS

SCORING OFFENSE 79.8 (5th)

SCORING DEFENSE 59.8 (72nd)

ACC RECORD 15--1 (1st)

X-FACTOR

Brianna Turner, a 6'3" forward with guard skills, led the nation in field goal percentage (65.2) last season and had a team-high 89 blocks. She scored 17 points in the national semifinals (a 66--65 win over South Carolina).

LINEUP

With 2014--15 stats

Coach Muffet McGraw (29th season)

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
PG Lindsay Allen 5'8" Jr. 10.4 3.5 5.3 52.2 85.4
G Michaela Mabrey 5'10" Sr. 7.2 1.9 2.4 38.3 95.0
G Madison Cable 5'10" Sr. 6.2 4.1 0.9 45.2 84.2
F Brianna Turner 6'3" Soph. 13.8 7.9 0.7 65.2 60.5
F Taya Reimer 6'4" Jr. 10.2 6.1 1.9 51.6 63.0
F Kathryn Westbeld 6'2" Soph. 6.7 4.4 1.6 52.6 71.1

TOURNAMENT TRACKER

[The following text appears within a chart. Please see hardcopy or PDF for actual chart.]

TITLE GAME

FINAL FOUR

ELITE EIGHT

SWEET 16

ROUND OF 32

ROUND OF 64

'11--12

'12--13

'13--14

'14--15

'15--16

PHOTOBRIAN BLANCO/GETTY IMAGES (ALLEN) PHOTOCHRIS WILLIAMS/ICON SPORTSWIRE (TURNER) CHART

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)