Notre Dame reserves ready to help starters with heavy NCAA lifting

Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

CHICAGO — The eye roll said it all.

It was mid-October, before the Notre Dame women’s basketball team won at least 30 games for a ninth straight season. Before the Irish won a sixth Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship, secured another No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament or advanced to the Sweet 16 for a 10th-straight season.

Before all of that arrived, one prominent player was asked something in relation to how it all ended — last season when the Irish surfed a short postseason rotation of basically six all the way to the school’s second national championship.

A deep and talented and healthy team to start this season, would the returners welcome more options on the bench?

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Notre Dame freshman guard Abby Prohaska secured a role early in NCAA tournament play thanks to her defense.