SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- It was a question posed to Notre Dame head coach
Muffet McGraw, but her All-American point guard candidate, Skylar
Diggins, quickly stepped in to steal the response for herself.
"Yes, yes, yes," Diggins responded emphatically that the Irish
practices have increased in intensity to make up for the diminished
playing time for starters as Notre Dame has blasted through its last
Diggins has been putting up phenomenal numbers as No. 3 Notre Dame has roared through its last four games, winning by an average margin of
victory of 60.5 points a game.
Diggins set a school record with 8-of-8 shooting in the 128-42 victory
against Mercer on Dec. 30, and scored 21 points despite playing only
16 minutes. She is a sizzling 18-of-19 from the free-throw line during
the four-game stretch. But the 5-foot-9 point guard from South Bend
has only averaged 21.8 minutes a game during the same time. She only
played 21 minutes in Wednesday night's 74-36 romp against Seton Hall,
a game in which the Irish zoomed to a 49-16 halftime lead.
And while McGraw has made sure that her bench has had extensive
playing time during the blowouts, the minimal minutes that her
starters are getting is a concern, especially with No. 2 Connecticut
Notre Dame women's basketball: Will it be rest or rust for starters?
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