Ice In Their Veins: An Epic Tribute to the 2018 WBB National Champions

Well, the good Lord certainly has a sense of humor. After migrating with the 18 Stripes crew to our current home 2.5 years ago, I am finally writing my first official article for this site...and it just so happens that today is the Feast of Saint Francis de Sales, patron saint of writers and journalists. [...]

By |2019-01-24T11:11:02-05:00January 24th, 2019|Basketball|6 Comments

Shorthanded Irish Find a Way to Win Over BC

Playing only six players after losing two starters to illness and injury, Notre Dame found a way to win their first ACC game against Boston College. A few hours before the game, ND announced that Juwan Durham would miss the game with an ankle injury. Thirty minutes before tip, TJ Gibbs started showing signs of [...]

By |2019-01-14T09:42:10-05:00January 14th, 2019|18S Reads, Basketball|4 Comments

Ogunbowale’s 30 Points Lead #1 Irish over #2 Louisville

The top ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish used a huge second half from senior Arike Ogunbowale to give previously undefeated #2 Louisville their first loss of the season. The senior guard scored 26 of her 30 points in the second half giving the Irish a win in their second #1 v. #2 game of the [...]

By |2019-01-11T11:10:27-05:00January 11th, 2019|18S Reads, Basketball|4 Comments

Checking in on the Irish Hoops Newcomers

Through eight games, the Notre Dame hoops team has bounced frustratingly between spells of offensive incompetence and spurts of exciting, high-level basketball. Such is the struggle with a team dependent on young talent, a challenge that Mike Brey has not recently faced in his tenure at ND. To make sense of these disparate performances that [...]

By |2018-12-06T18:29:44-05:00December 6th, 2018|Basketball|6 Comments

WBB: Checking in with the Champs

So, the football team is 12-0, which is awesome. But don’t forget that a new season has begun for the reigning national champions (writing that will never get old) – the women’s basketball team. They had a busy, celebratory offseason that included (among other things) a trip to the ESPYs, a European tour, appearances by [...]

By |2018-11-28T23:22:49-05:00November 29th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|11 Comments

Notre Dame Defeats Illinois 76-74 in ACC/BigTen Challenge

I promised myself I wouldn't do it. One of the fun things about writing about sports is projecting and predicting. We try to extrapolate future successes and failures out of single data points. We look for the patterns and indicators of future triumphs and tragedies. I'm not actually sure why we do it. Perhaps it [...]

By |2018-11-28T08:48:27-05:00November 28th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|12 Comments

Reading the Panic Meter – ND Basketball

Despite starting their season two months later and facing a much easier schedule, the Irish basketball squad, unlike the football team, is no longer undefeated. With their loss last week to Radford and less than impressive wins over three other opponents, fans of the program are rightly concerned. One of the captains decided to transfer?!?! [...]

By |2018-11-20T10:25:49-05:00November 20th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|13 Comments

Preseason Basketball Preview: The Team

With the regular season starting tonight against Illinois-Chicago, here is part two of the 18 Stripes basketball season preview. In case you missed it, here's part one which focuses on individual players. Additionally, the Irish played an exhibition against Central State last week. Here's a quick recap of a somewhat sloppy affair, and a look [...]

By |2018-11-06T09:51:03-05:00November 6th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|1 Comment

Takeaways from Irish Hoops Exhibition

The Irish defeated the Central State Marauders 76-54 at Purcell Pavilion on Thursday night in their only stateside exhibition. While the game was sloppy at times, especially in the first half, the contest provided a first look at a number of new faces for ND. Although the team will look different come conference play, we [...]

By |2018-11-02T09:06:45-04:00November 2nd, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|5 Comments

Preseason Basketball Preview: The Players

With the football team sitting at 8-0, you could be forgiven for not realizing that Fighting Irish Basketball is about to begin. The season kicks off with an exhibition between the Irish and Central State tonight (7:00 ET - ESPN3). Even though it's just a scrimmage against a D-II school, there's worse ways to use [...]

By |2018-11-01T12:30:10-04:00November 1st, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|4 Comments