Top Irish Women's Basketball Players to Follow on Twitter: A Fan's View

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The top-seeded Notre Dame women's basketball team was recently featured in an article from Yahoo! contributor Eric Holden. But the story wasn't about the keys to victory or the Irish's best players. Instead, it focused on who fans should follow on Twitter. Of course it did. This is 2012. Check out Holden's list below:

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Skylar Diggins is part of a special club of lefty guards who have been instrumental in guiding their teams to the regional semifinals of the NCAA women's basketball tournament that continues this weekend.

"Lefties, they are hard to play against," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "It takes you a little bit of time to get used to them. It throws you all off what you're used to doing."

Diggins and the No. 1-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will face the No. 5-seeded St. Bonaventure Bonnies on March 25 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC.

Here's a look at the top five Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball players to follow on Twitter:

Skylar Diggins

Diggins, a junior guard, is the premier women's college basketball player in the county. Her 162,000 followers on Twitter is a true testament to just how popular she has become amongst Notre Dame fans and non-fans alike. Diggins' popularity reaches far beyond the ranks of just the Fighting Irish faithful.

On March 22, she tweeted "My coach @IrishCoachIvey is the best-dressed on the sidelines every game. Holla." Follow Diggins on Twitter @skydigg4.

Kayla McBride

McBride, a sophomore guard from Erie, PA, is a powerful wing player who found her range from beyond the arc this year. On March 22, she tweeted "All this basketball..I'm ready to get on the court!" Follow McBride on Twitter @kaymac_2123.

Niele Ivey

Ivey, a former WNBA player who is now an assistant coach for Notre Dame, was an All-American point guard during her college playing days with the Irish.

On March 23, she tweeted "Charter flight to Raleigh!!!! North Carolina stand up!!!!!! We in the houseeeeeeeee!!!!" Follow Ivey on Twitter @irishcoachivey.

Brittany Mallory

Mallory, a 5'10" guard from Baltimore, MD, is a smart leader on the floor due to her veteran presence. She has been a team co-captain each of the past two seasons.

Her Twitter account is protected, so only confirmed followers can access her page. However, she has over 1,700 followers, so she doesn't seem to mind allowing fans to follow her on the site. Her Twitter handle can be located @bmallory22. Fighting Irish Assistant Coach Carol Owens is also on Twitter @goirishcoachO.

Natalie Achonwa

Achonwa, a 6'3" sophomore from Ontario, is the first international player to suit up for Notre Dame in the program's 35-year history. She has become a fan favorite despite it being just her second year with the team.

On March 23, she tweeted "fading out watching these bball games.... #nightnight world. xo, dream big!" Follow Achonwa on Twitter @natachon.

Eric Holden is a big-time Skylar Diggins fan and will be cheering for Notre Dame to win big this year. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

With Sunday's 79-35 win against the Bonnies, the Irish advanced to the Elite Eight, where they will take on #2 seed Maryland on Tuesday at 9 pm ET on ESPN.

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