Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw named ACC Coach of the Year

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Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw was named the Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball Coach of the Year on Wednesday.

McGraw led No. 2 Notre Dame to 28-1 record, its third consecutive ACC regular season title, an 8-1 record against top-25 opponents this season, and its third 16-0 conference record in the last four seasons.

This is the seventh time overall and third time in four years that McGraw was honored as a conference's top coach.

Notre Dame has won 21 straight contests entering the ACC Tournament as the No. 1 seed. Notre Dame will play in the quarterfinals Friday at 2 p.m. against either Duke or Virginia in Greensboro, N.C.

Sophomore forward Brianna Turner joined McGraw in the ACC accolade announcement on Wednesday as she was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year.

Turner led the conference in field goal percentage (61.8 percent) and blocked shots (3.1 per game) and was 12th in the ACC in scoring (14.3 per game) and 13th in rebounding (7.0 per game). In the 23 games that Turner has played in this season, Notre Dame allowed 55.8 points per game versus 76.8 points per game in the six games that Turner missed with a shoulder injury early in the season.

Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw signals to players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Miami, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in South Bend, Ind. (Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)