SB Nation and Slam Magazine collaborated on a monster effort to find out which women’s basketball teams were the top 50 of all-time.
Three of SLAM’s college hoop junkies compiled their personal lists using a mental simulation of “Who dominated their respective season the most,” mashed them all together using spreadsheet technology to land on one list, adjusted said list slightly for historic and/or cultural importance, and tweaked it into an order that felt right. Each team on the list was also given a number in our versatility index, an index that measures how each team stands against the test of time through eras of college basketball.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish landed one team on this list.
#41 — 1974
Even though the Fighting Irish lost in the NCAA regional semifinal, they made history during the regular season by bumping off UCLA, 71-70, in South Bend to snap the Bruins’ 88-game winning streak. Led by forwards John Shumate (24.2 ppg, 11.0 rpg) and Adrian Dantley (18.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg), ND went 24-2 in the regular season, but after ripping Austin Peay in its NCAA tourney opener, the Irish lost to Michigan in the next round.
Be sure to check out the full article to see how these teams stacked up against the other 48 on the versatility index. (Try not to get too mad when you think back to what could have been in 2015).
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