Weekly WBB Recap: Olympics Edition

Let me begin by confessing that I am obsessed with the Olympics. Winter, summer, any of the sports – I love it all. However, I took breaks from my very busy schedule of Olympics-viewing for the two women's games this week, even venturing away from the TV long enough to attend the game at Boston [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|2 Comments

Men’s Hoops: Notre Dame vs. Boston College

Between the injuries and losses piling up and less than artful offense in the wake of it, this season has been a slog. It started as a promising victory lap for the best 4-year run in Notre Dame history but came off the rails quickly in conference play. It shifted from exciting potential to the [...]

By | February 17th, 2018|Basketball|6 Comments

Weekly WBB Recap: #5 Irish Defeat Georgia Tech, Regular Season Winds Down

After a well-deserved bye on Thursday, the Irish returned to action when they hosted Georgia Tech on Sunday. Notre Dame came away with a comfortable win over the Yellow Jackets. The Irish will play two games on the road this week. Game 1: Georgia Tech at #5 ND Sunday's game against Georgia Tech did not [...]

By | February 15th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|0 Comments

Weekly WBB Recap: All They Do is Win

The #5 Irish continued their win streak this week with victories over North Carolina and #19 Duke. They will have their bye this Thursday before hosting Georgia Tech on Sunday. It is good to see them continue to improve and play well. While the chain of comfortable wins does make these posts feel a bit [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|4 Comments

Irish Embarrassed in Raleigh

Alright, I'm gonna be short and (not so) sweet here, and also publish this before the game even ends. Whether NC State wins this by 20, 30, or 40 makes little difference to me. The Irish turned in maybe the worst performance in the Mike Brey era today. It's been obvious for awhile that this [...]

By | February 3rd, 2018|Basketball|4 Comments

Weekly WBB Recap: A Pair of Dominant Performances

The #5 Irish picked up right where they left off last week, adding lopsided wins over Pittsburgh and #8 Florida State. Jessica Shepard also picked up ACC Player of the Week honors. I did mention last week that I wouldn't mind a few more of the low-stress, never-in-doubt wins for the Irish, so it was [...]

By | January 31st, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|1 Comment

Hate the Game, Not the Players – ND Drops Fifth Straight

Inequity. That was the first word that came to mind Saturday as I watched Notre Dame drop their fifth straight ACC contest. Each of the five losses have had their own special brand of heartbreak. The 80-75 home defeat at the hands of Virginia Tech stung because it simply felt unfair. Unlike the UNC game [...]

By | January 28th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|17 Comments

Weekly WBB Recap: Irish Enjoy Record-Breaking Week

The Irish were out to put on a show this week. They led off with the program's biggest comeback win ever against #6 Tennessee, and followed it up with their largest margin of victory in an ACC game when Clemson came to town. As the icing on the cake, junior Arike Ogunbowale was named ACC [...]

By | January 24th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|1 Comment

ND Hoops – Where Do We Go From Here?

If you've been under a rock or just completely rely on 18 Stripes for your basketball coverage, we've got some bad news for you. After treading water and even looking occasionally strong through for a few games without senior captains Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell, things took a nose dive over the last week. North [...]

By | January 19th, 2018|Basketball|23 Comments

Weekly WBB Recap: Irish Fall to Louisville, Beat BC

This was a rough week for the women's basketball team, as they were routed by #3 Louisville in a game where nothing seemed to go right. They did bounce back with a comfortable win over Boston College, but fell from #2 to #5 in this week's rankings. Game 1: #2 Notre Dame at #3 Louisville [...]

By | January 17th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|1 Comment

Shorthanded Irish Can’t Overcome Shooting Woes

When it became clear that Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell were each going to be out for an extended period of time, most Irish fans prepared for the worst. We prepared to blow the 12-point halftime lead against North Carolina State, but instead the Irish pushed the final margin to 30. We again braced ourselves [...]

By | January 11th, 2018|Basketball|5 Comments

Weekly WBB Recap: Two ACC Wins and an Injury Loss

The Notre Dame women's basketball team continued their winning ways this week, adding ACC wins over Miami and Georgia Tech. They also lost one player to injury and added a new face to the roster. Roster Updates After her injury late in the third quarter against Wake Forest, the team confirmed that point guard Lili [...]

By | January 10th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|0 Comments

18Stripes Film Breakdown – Winning Plays Versus Syracuse

I know there's a ton of recency bias in this statement, but Saturday's win in Syracuse had to be one of the top-5 most satisfying in the Brey era. Alstein did a great recap here, but I wanted to take a second to walk you through a few critical plays that tipped the scales in [...]

By | January 7th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball, Film Room|17 Comments

Irish Knock Off Syracuse 51-49 Without Colson, Farrell

You were delusional if you thought Notre Dame was going to go to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, where they haven't won in a decade, without its two best players and come away with a win. And if I told you they'd shoot 30% from the field; well, that's game over, right? Somehow, someway, the [...]

By | January 6th, 2018|Basketball|10 Comments

Without Bonzie Colson, Where Do the Irish Go?

While still basking in the glow of a January 1st bowl game victory, Irish fans were dealt a heavy blow Tuesday. The Fighting Irish basketball program announced senior All-Everything Bonzie Colson suffered a broken foot in practice. The timeline for Colson's return was set at 8 weeks following surgery on Thursday, January 4th. Senior All-American [...]

By | January 3rd, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|36 Comments