Fighting Irish bring back four starters, nine monogram recipients from last year's 35-2 team that made program's third consecutive Final Four appearance.
Candidate for National Player of the Year, BIG EAST Player of the Year and All-America honors ... a versatile wing whose overall athleticism is unmatched in the program's history ... can step outside and knock down shots from the perimeter or slash to the basket ... also owns a wide variety of moves on the blocks ... an excellent leaper and defender who has ranked among the Top 10 in the BIG EAST in scoring, rebouding, blocked shots and double-doubles the past three seasons ... ranks 11th on Notre Dame's career scoring list (1,315 points) ... currently among the Top 10 on 10 Irish career statistical charts, including scoring average (4th - 14.6 ppg.), rebounding average (2nd - 8.3 rpg.), total rebounds (7th - 747), blocks average (3rd - 1.4 bpg.) and total blocks (tie-5th - 124) ... has scored in double figures in 72 of her 90 career games and has 32 career double-doubles ... enters senior season having started 64 consecutive games, dating back to '02-03 opener.
AS A JUNIOR:Basketball Times Fifth-Team All-America ... Associated Press honorable mention All-America ... Naismith Award finalist ... Kodak/WBCA All-America Team finalist ... first-team all-BIG EAST ... NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team WBCA Classic All-Tournament Team ... BIG EAST Player of the Week (Dec. 29) ... Notre Dame National Monogram Club MVP for third consecutive year ... started all 32 games for the Irish, averaging 32.9 minutes per game ... led team and ranked among the Top 10 in the BIG EAST in scoring (7th - 16.0 ppg.), rebounding (2nd - 8.6 rpg.), blocks (7th - 1.19 bpg.) and field goal percentage (8th - .452); set new career standards in all listed categories except blocks ... had career-best 13 double-doubles, which was second in the BIG EAST ... also scored in double figures in 26 games, including 10 20-point games ... had 15 double-figure rebounding games ... scored career-high 27 points (12-20 FG) in season-opening win over Auburn ... chalked up first double-double of the season with 13 points and game-high 10 rebounds at Colorado ... posted second straight double-double with game highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds vs. Valparaiso ... led Irish with 16 points at Tennessee ... logged team-high 19 points and added five assists and season-high four blocks at Washington ... notched game-high 13 points (6-11 FG) and season-best six assists in only 22 minutes vs. Dayton ... had 20 points and a season-best 13 rebounds vs. USC ... notched 13 points and team-high nine rebounds vs. Purdue ... came up with 18 points (7-13 FG) and eight rebounds at Georgetown ... registered fourth double-double of the season vs. Virginia Tech, finishing with game highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds; also became 20th player in school history with 1,000 career points and fourth-fastest to reach that milestone ... was driving force in upset win over fourth-ranked Connecticut, posting her fifth double-double of the year with game highs of 23 points (10-13 FG) and 11 rebounds ... picked up double-double at West Virginia with game bests of 22 points (10-14 FG) and 10 rebounds ... made it four double-doubles in a row with 12 points and game-high 10 rebounds at Syracuse ... tallied game-high 14 points, including two game-winning free throws with 17.5 seconds left vs. Villanova -- also had nine rebounds and went 10-for-10 at foul line, the second-best free throw performance in Joyce Center history and third-best outing in school history ... scored game-high 20 points (8-15 FG) and grabbed nine rebounds in rematch vs. Georgetown ... tallied double-double with 14 points and game-high 10 rebounds against Providence ... logged team highs of 17 points and eight rebounds and hit go-ahead free throw with 41.3 seconds left at Pittsburgh ... collected double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, as well as career-high six steals in rematch with Miami ... poured in 25 points (10-17 FG) and grabbed six rebounds at Rutgers ... tallied 10th double-double with game highs of 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in regular-season finale vs. Syracuse ... paced Irish with 22 points and eight rebounds in BIG EAST quarterfinal vs. Rutgers ... reversed previous fortunes in NCAA tournament play (6.6 pts., 6.6 reb.) by averaging 22.0 points and 11.7 rebounds on .483 shooting in three-game set ... had 17 points and 11 rebounds vs. Southwest Missouri State in first round ... posted career-high 27 points (13 of 17 FG) to go with 12 rebounds in second round vs. Middle Tennessee ... 13 field goals was a career high and matched most-ever for an Irish player in the NCAAs ... logged third consecutive double-double in '04 NCAA Tournament with game highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds in regional semifinal vs. Penn State ... in 11 games vs. Top 25 teams, averaged 16.3 ppg. and 9.0 rpg. with five double-doubles and three near double-doubles.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Second-team all-BIG EAST selection for second consecutive year ... Notre Dame National Monogram Club MVP ... started all 32 games for the Irish, averaging 31.9 minutes per game ... led team in scoring (13.9 ppg.), rebounding (8.3 rpg.) and blocked shots (1.56 bpg.) ... ranked in top 15 in BIG EAST in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, steals (1.97 spg.) and double-doubles (8) ... scored in double figures in 26 games with five 20-point games ... earned game-high rebounding honors 14 times ... nearly posted Notre Dame's first triple-double in 12 years vs. Cleveland State in season opener, finishing with 19 points, a game-high eight rebounds and a career-best seven assists (with no turnovers) ... notched her first double-double of the season at USC, tallying 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds ... dodged foul trouble to post 13 points at Valparaiso ... piled up season-high 24 points (10-15 FG) and eight rebounds at Arizona State ... tallied 17 points and game-high nine rebounds at DePaul ... collected 14 points and tied career high with five steals vs. Temple ... posted 16 points (7-10 FG), six rebounds and four assists vs. IPFW ... chalked up second double-double of season with 18 points and game-high 10 rebounds vs. Colorado State ... collected third double-double with game-high 23 points (on career-high 11-17 FG) and 11 rebounds at Marquette ... contributed 14 points (5-8 FG) vs. Purdue ... had 12 points and nine rebounds at West Virginia ... tallied fourth double-double with 12 points and game-high 11 rebounds (also six assists, four blocks and four steals) vs. Miami ... carded second consecutive double-double at St. John's, tying season high with 24 points and 11 rebounds -- also added career-high five steals ... chipped in team-high 16 points vs. Connecticut ... contributed 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks at Villanova ... piled up sixth double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds at Boston College ... carded game-high 21 points, six rebounds, team-high five assists, four steals and four blocks in rematch vs. West Virginia ... picked up 20 points and nine rebounds vs. Georgetown ... scored team-high 13 points and picked up career-best five blocks and four steals at Virginia Tech ... connected on 7-9 FG, scored 16 points and grabbed game-high seven rebounds vs. St. John's ... added 15 points and six rebounds at Providence ... snatched career-high 18 rebounds at Connecticut (most by ND player since Ruth Riley vs. Duke in '98) ... booked 11 points and nine rebounds in season-high 38 minutes vs. Seton Hall ... chalked up seventh double-double at Syracuse, finishing with 15 points and game-high 12 rebounds ... added eighth double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in BIG EAST tourney opener vs. Pittsburgh ... tacked on 15 points and nine rebounds vs. Villanova in BIG EAST quarterfinal ... struggled from the field in NCAA Tournament, going 6-43 (.140) in three games ... contributed in other ways, averaging 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game as Irish reached Sweet Sixteen ... snared nine rebounds in NCAA second-round win at Kansas State ... scored 800th career point in East Regional semifinal vs. Purdue, becoming fifth player in school history to score 800 points in first two seasons at ND ... averaged 10.2 rebounds per game in her last nine outings of the season.
SUMMER 2002: Selected as one of four alternates on the gold medal-winning USA Basketball World Championship for Young Women Qualifying Team.
AS A FRESHMAN: United States Basketball Writers' Association (USBWA) National Freshman of the Year ... WBCA/Kodak honorable mention All-American ... unanimous choice as BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Year ... second-team all-BIG EAST pick ... unanimous BIG EAST All-Rookie Team selection ... six-time BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Dec. 3, 10 & 17; Jan. 7 & 28; Feb. 11) ... Notre Dame National Monogram Club Co-MVP ... started 22 games, averaging 27.6 minutes per game ... led team in rebounding (7.8 rpg.) and ranked second on team in scoring (13.8 ppg.) and blocked shots (1.38 bpg.) ... ranked in top 15 in BIG EAST in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and double-doubles (11) ... scored in double figures in 20 games and charted six 20-point outings ... earned game-high rebounding honors 11 times and game-high scoring honors 10 times ... paired with Teresa Borton as the first rookie tandem to start a season opener in 20 years ... picked up her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds at Colorado State .. notched double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds against Army .. carded double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds against Western Michigan ... logged fourth double-double of year with 11 points and 12 rebounds against Marquette ... registered fifth double-double with 23 points (10-16 FG) and 10 rebounds at Rice ... recorded sixth double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds vs. DePaul ... compiled seventh double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in BIG EAST opener at Miami ... scored career-high 26 points and bagged nine rebounds vs. Providence ... notched 14 points and three blocks at both Villanova and Providence ... equalled career best with 26 points vs. Virginia Tech ... collected eighth double-double with 10 points and career-high 15 rebounds, along with career-best six assists against Syracuse ... chalked up ninth double-dip after coming off the bench to notch game highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds at Seton Hall ... earned 10th double-double with 16 points and game-best 12 boards while tying career high with 39 minutes played at Pittsburgh ... compiled her 11th double-double (fourth in as many games) with game highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds in victory over Boston College ... missed last four games of regular season with partially torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in right knee suffered vs. St. John's ... returned to action in BIG EAST quarterfinal vs. Syracuse, coming off the bench to play 13 minutes ... made solid NCAA tournament debut as reserve, collecting 13 points (6-12 FG) in first-round win over New Mexico.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: Heralded prep standout remains one of the top players ever to come out of the South Bend area ... enjoyed outstanding high school career in which she scored 1,635 points and grabbed 1,086 rebounds ... also finished her career with 264 assists, 259 blocked shots and 198 steals ... earned first-team Parade All-America honors ... also was named to the Naismith, Nike and Street & Smith's All-America teams and was an honorable mention All-America selection by the WBCA ... finalist for Naismith and Indiana Miss Basketball awards ... a three-time first-team all-state selection ... averaged double-doubles in each of her final three seasons and was South Bend Tribune Metro Player of the Year in each of her final three seasons as well as the Northern Indiana Conference MVP ... averaged career bests of 26.0 points and 16.0 rebounds as a senior at Washington in addition to 4.4 blocks, 3.2 assists and 2.6 steals ... netted 21.3 points and 14.0 rebounds as a junior and averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds in her sophomore season ... ranks as Washington High's career leader in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, assists and steals ... rated one of the top 25 players in the nation by USA Today ... played in three different All-Star events -- Indiana-Kentucky, Indiana North-South and South Bend Tribune all-star contests ... helped her AAU "The Family" team capture national title in summer of 1999 and finish as the national runnerup the following season ... an honor roll student, she compiled a 3.9 grade-point average in high school and ranked seventh in graduating class.
PERSONAL DATA: Born March 26, 1983 in South Bend, Ind. ... father Wayne played basketball at the University of Montana ... oldest of three children ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters with a major in film, television & theater ... named to BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team in 2004 ... earned a certificate of merit after participating in the 2004 Notre Dame Student-Athlete Leadership Institute ... some former Notre Dame players who wore No. 21 include current Irish assistant coach Coquese Washington, and Notre Dame's career scoring leader and two-time All-American Beth Morgan.