Notre Dame Basketball: Madison Cable Approved for Fifth Year of Eligibility


Cable will return for fifth year

After losing Jewell Loyd to the WNBA, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team got some good news. Madison Cable was approved by the University Faculty Board on Athletics for her fifth year of eligibility. Cable had missed her entire freshman season due to stress features in both feet.

Last season, Cable was considered the toughest player on the roster, right behind Loyd. The Irish will need that toughness as coach Muffet McGraw has said she wants to see this team be a little less “nice” on the floor. It was Cable’s rebound and putback in the Final Four that gave the Irish the chance to play in the National Championship game.

Playing mostly in a reserve role in her three seasons, Cable has averaged 5.3 points per game and 3.5 rebounds. She also holds the second-highest three-point percentage in school history with a .444, behind only Alicia Ratay (.476) 1999-2003.

Cable is also in a rare group, taking her teams to the state or national semifinals in all seven of her seasons between high school and college. In total, with Cable in uniform, her teams have posted a combined 222-20 (.917) record, including a 108-6 (.947) mark during the past three years at Notre Dame.

"“I would like to thank the Faculty Board on Athletics and Coach McGraw for giving me the opportunity to return to Notre Dame next year,” Cable said. “I’ve been so proud and honored to wear the Fighting Irish uniform the last three years and I’m grateful to all of my coaches, my teammates, my family and the amazing Notre Dame fans for their support. I’d also like to offer a special note of thanks to our support staff, especially our athletic trainer Anne Marquez and our strength and conditioning coach Craig Cheek, who have done a tremendous job of keeping me healthy so I can continue playing the game I love.”"

Notre Dame has four starters and 10 monogram recipients returning next season from this year’s squad that posted a 36-3 record (15-1 in the ACC) and became the fourth school in NCAA Division I history to make five consecutive trips to the Women’s Final Four (and seven overall), as well as the third program to make four appearances in the NCAA championship game in a five-year span.

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