Notre Dame Women’s Basketball
Teams are immortalized when banners are hung from the rafters. Last night, Notre Dame failed to collect that national championship banner. At school that has come accustomed to winning titles, will this women’s team be remembered for how great they truly were? Or will they only be remembered for what they failed to do?
In team sports, no other group has won more consecutive games (37) than the 2013-2014 women’s basketball team at Notre Dame. Even the almighty football team has only won 23 consecutive games. Granted that almost encompassed two seasons. But, the fact remains that this team did something that no other team at Notre Dame did.
For the 1989 football team, we do not remember the fact that they had a 23 consecutive game winning streak going into their matchup against Miami (FL). We remember that they lost to the Hurricanes and thus lost a shot at the national title.
So, will this ladies team be remembered for their 37 game winning streak, longest in school history or their 79-58 defeat to the Huskies? Possibly this team will come with an asterisk. A team who was unbeatable until they lost their Senior leader Natalie Achonwa. 30 years from now, they may go to a reunion and say, “only if we had Ace.”
Fortunately, legacies are not determined only one day after the final gun has sounded. They are determined over time. If their record stands for a long time, they may be a team everyone talks about. But, only time will tell.