Congratulations to Ruth Riley for being inducted into the 2012 Academic All-American Hall of Fame class. She was in St. Louis last night for the induction ceremony, which took place at the College Sports Information Director’s Association conference. St. Louis is also the location where Riley and her 2001 squad beat Purdue to win the National Championship.
Riley was the Most Valuable Player in the 2001 championship series. In the championship game Notre Dame was trailing Purdue by a score of 66-64 when Riley scored the tying field goal. Then, with 5.8 seconds remaining in regulation, she drew a foul. Riley then made both free throws to give Notre Dame its final 68-66 edge and its first women’s basketball national championship. When Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw was asked about the critical play on which Riley was fouled, she said, “it’s the same play we’ve been running all season. It’s called: ‘Get the ball to Ruth.’”
Many Notre Dame Alumni Club of St. Louis members turned out last night for the event and it was a magical night.
Stay tuned for an upcoming “Where are they now?” interview featuring Ruth Riley!