'Team mom' Mallory leads Irish

McGraw says fifth-year senior provided intangibles in return to title game

Updated: April 3, 2012, 3:45 PM ET
By Michelle Smith | espnW

DENVER -- Muffet McGraw and guard Brittany Mallory sat at the Ruth's Chris Steak House near South Bend, Ind.

The Notre Dame coach was waiting on pins and needles for Mallory to tell her what she had decided.

Mallory had taken a couple of weeks after Notre Dame's loss to Texas A&M in the national championship game to think about whether she wanted to return for a fifth season. Her body was sore and more than little beaten up. She needed surgery on her wrist.

She ...

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