Notre Dame faces former BIG EAST rival for fourth consecutive year at Final Four, and fifth overall (8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN; listen on Michiana's Pulse FM or nationwide on Westwood One/NCAA Radio Network).
Skylar Diggins had a triple-double with 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
Overview: Nicknamed "Britt", "Chip" or "Mom"... the quintessential glue player who's value as a "coach on the floor" could not be understated ... excellent leader who served as a team captain on Notre Dame's 2011 and 2012 NCAA national finalist teams ... earned fifth year of eligibility after successfully petitioning for medical hardship following knee injury early in 2008-09 season ... was incredibly tough, missing just three games in four full seasons ... school's career leader in games played (151), while also ranking fifth on the school's all-time steals (272) and three-point attempts (466) lists, sixth in career three-point field goals made (153) and tied for ninth in steals per game (1.80) ... smart, feisty wing who made important contributions as part of the Fighting Irish rotation on both ends of the floor ... boasted a balanced offensive skill set, mixing dangerous perimeter shooting with solid ability to finish inside with contact ... good student of the game who was an ideal fit for Notre Dame's offensive package due to her strong court sense, talent at reading defenses and moving well off the ball, and her strong possession game (1.38 career assist/turnover ratio) ... one of team's top defenders with an instinctive knowledge of positioning and rotational responsibilities ... also had quick hands and nose for the ball that made her a constant nuisance for opponents at the defensive end (averaged nearly two steals a night during her final three seasons) ... relished the challenge of playing when stakes were highest, the best example being her twin three-pointers in overtime of the 2012 NCAA Final Four win over Connecticut.
FIFTH-YEAR SENIOR SEASON (2011-12): Team tri-captain ... started all 39 games, averaging 5.8 points and 2.1 steals per game (latter figure was second-best on team, eighth in BIG EAST) ... had career-high 81 steals, tying for ninth-best single-season total in school history ... had .357 three-point percentage in BIG EAST play, ranking 11th in the conference ... scored in double figures eight times ... had five steals in opener vs. Akron ... tied Purcell Pavilion record by going 4-for-4 from the three-point line (12 points) against Hartford ... scored six points while adding four rebounds and three steals in Junkanoo Jam final vs. No. 7/6 Duke ... matched her career high with six steals at Creighton ... perfect from the field in BIG EAST opener against Marquette (including 3-for-3 from three-point land) for 11 points ... recorded four steals at No. 12/14 Purdue ... handed out three assists while scoring seven points against Central Florida ... also had four steals against Longwood ... 11 points, four steals and three assists at Mercer ... posted nine points against No. 2 Connecticut with three rebounds and a pair of steals while going 40 minutes in overtime win ... locked down No. 18/17 Georgetown's Sugar Rodgers with a defensive effort that held the BIG EAST's leading scorer to 13 points on 3-for-18 shooting ... chalked up 11 points (4-5 FG, 2-3 3FG) and four assists in victory over Pittsburgh ... career-high two blocks vs. No. 7/9 Tennessee ... posted nine points (seven in the opening six minutes) and four assists with a pair of steals at No. 13/14 Rutgers ... blitzed No. 23 DePaul with season-high 14 points (matching a season-best with four 3FG) along with four assists and four steals in 27 minutes against the Blue Demons ... team-high five steals at Syracuse while also setting program record for career games played ... finished with 13 points (3-5 3-pt FG) and pulled down five rebounds in victory at No. 16 Louisville ... chipped in with seven points during Senior Day victory over South Florida ... did a little of everything in win at No. 4 Connecticut with six points, team-high four assists (no turnovers) and three rebounds ... tallied 10 points and three rebounds in BIG EAST semifinal victory over No. 25 West Virginia ... had solid all-around effort in NCAA Championship first-round win over Liberty with seven points, game-high six assists (no turnovers) and four rebounds ... locked down St. Bonaventure's leading scorer Jessica Jenkins, holding her scoreless (0-6 FG) in NCAA Raleigh Regional semifinal win over No. 21/25 Bonnies ... scored seven of 11 points in overtime (including two three-pointers, the second wtih 1:30 remaining and Notre Dame up by one point) to help lead Irish to NCAA Final Four win over No. 3 Connecticut (played career-high 41 minutes) ... collected season-best six rebounds in NCAA national championship game against No. 1 Baylor.
SENIOR SEASON (2010-11): Team co-captain ... appeared in 37 games (starting 35 times) while averaging 7.1 points and team-high 2.1 steals per game with career-high .402 three-point percentage ... also had .468 three-point percentage in BIG EAST regular season play (led conference) ... notched nine points and five steals in season opener against New Hampshire ... delivered seven points and game-high five steals vs. Morehead State ... suffered sprained ankle early in second half of double-OT loss to No. 15 UCLA ... subsequently did not play in loss at No. 9/10 Kentucky ... in her first start in nearly two weeks, posted eight points and six boards at No. 2/3 Baylor ... dished out a game-high seven assists to match a career-best against Creighton ... torched Valparaiso with 12 points, four assists and five steals in 23 minutes ... bested previous season-high by scoring 13 points in the win over Marquette, highlighted by 3-of-4 shooting from long distance, and also added game-high four steals ... netted two of three attempts from downtown vs. No. 2 Connecticut ... had 11 points vs. Louisville, including three shots outside the arc (plus trey at the buzzer to close the first half) ...poured in 14 points vs. No. 16/17 Georgetown, including three three-pointers and two steals ... posted five assists and three steals against No. RV/23 St. John's ... dropped in six points with three assists in victory over No. RV/25 Syracuse ... added 13 points (4-6 FG), three assists and season-high five steals against Seton Hall ... made presence known in win over Rutgers as first Notre Dame player since 2005 (Megan Duffy) to record double-double in points/assists, posting career-high 10 assists while scoring 10 points (2-2 3FG) ... also nabbed four boards and two steals ... played 100th career game at No. 2 Connecticut, ending up with six points (2-3 3FG) and two steals -- made biggest impact at defensive end, holding UConn's Maya Moore scoreless for first 14:31 of game and just 12 points for contest ... had nine points on perfect shooting night (4-4 FG, 1-1 3FG) in win at No. 19/18 West Virginia ... closed out regular season with 10 points at No. 12/11 DePaul, along with four assists and game-high four steals, including theft with 30 seconds to play that led to Devereaux Peters' go-ahead layup ... had nine points, three rebounds and three assists in BIG EAST quarterfinal win over Louisville ... tallied nine points and three rebounds in BIG EAST semifinal victory over No. 9/13 DePaul; also forced critical DePaul turnover with 10.8 seconds left and Fighting Irish leading by two points, then converted two free throws with 2.5 seconds left to seal win ... logged five rebounds and team-high four assists (one turnover) in 36 minutes of BIG EAST final against top-ranked Connecticut ... snagged five rebounds and key late-game steal in NCAA opener at Utah -- also held Utah's leading scorer, Iwalani Rodrigues (21 points) scoreless in final 10 minutes (0-1 FG) after shifting defensive assignment down the stretch ... dished out six assists (one turnover) in 35 minutes, helping fuel NCAA second-round win over Temple ... erupted for season-high 20 points in NCAA Sweet 16 win over No. 21/20 Oklahoma, burying career-high 6-of-10 three-pointers to tie school record for triples in NCAA tournament game ... scored 10 points and added three assists and two steals in NCAA Elite Eight win over No. 4 Tennessee ... tallied eight points against No. 1 Connecticut in NCAA Final Four victory.
JUNIOR SEASON (2009-10): Saw action in all 35 games, starting twice ... was one of BIG EAST's best "sixth man" players, averaging 6.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game ... led team with 1.41 assist/turnover ratio, ranked third in steals (61; 1.74 spg.) and fourth in assists (2.26 apg.) ... also had four "5-5-5" games (first of her career) ... saw first official action since December 2008 ACL injury with 19 minutes off bench in season opener vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, stuffing stat sheet with 10 points, six rebounds and career-high six steals ... tallied 15 points (4-5 FG, 1-2 3FG, 6-8 FT) vs. No. 23/24 San Diego State at Paradise Jam; made 5-of-6 FT in final 43 seconds to secure victory ... played 26 minutes off bench vs. No. 20/17 Oklahoma at Paradise Jam and responded with 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists ... could make solid argument for her inclusion on Paradise Jam Island Division All-Tournament Team after averaging 10.7 ppg., 4.0 rpg., with .500 FG% (11-22) ... erupted for career-high 22 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3FG) in 20 minutes vs. Valparaiso, also notching her first career "point-a-minute" game ... packed stat sheet vs. Charlotte with eight points, seven assists, four rebounds and four steals ... led Irish with 16 points, four rebounds and five steals in 18 minutes at UCF ... good all-around effort vs. No. 18/16 Vanderbilt with eight points, five rebounds and team-high five assists; hit two 3FG in 10 seconds midway through first half to erase early eight-point deficit ... tallied five points and four rebounds in win over No. 16/11 West Virginia, hitting pair of FT with 8:51 left to give Irish lead and cap 13-point second-half comeback ... returned to double figures with 11 points and four assists at Syracuse, including clutch three-pointer (5:59 left) and three free throws (fouled on 3FG attempt with 3:36 to go) ... grabbed career-high eight rebounds (all in the first half) at Cincinnati ... earned first start of season at No. 22/23 St. John's and responded with 17 points and five rebounds in 36 minutes ... started at No. 14/12 Georgetown, logging nine points and two steals in 29 minutes.
SOPHOMORE (MEDICAL HARDSHIP) SEASON (2008-09): Appeared in seven games (including the first three starts of her career), averaging 8.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game ... also had 2.22 assist/turnover ratio ... delivered 11 points (5-10 FG) and career-high six assists vs. Evansville ... had nearly perfect shooting day at Boston College (5-5 FG, 3-3 3FG, 1-2 FT), finishing with 14 points in 15 minutes ... poured in 19 points against Georgia Southern while also posting her third consecutive double-figure scoring game (longest streak of her young career) ... made first career start at Eastern Michigan, finishing with three points in 15 minutes (left early with thigh injury) ... started against No. 17/20 Purdue and played (then) career-high 30 minutes, chalking up three points and five rebounds ... remained in starting lineup at Michigan, logging five points and five rebounds in 34 minutes before suffering left knee injury 56 seconds into overtime; injury later diagnosed as season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ... played in less than 30 percent of team's games, and thus did not lose a year of athletic eligibility ... underwent successful corrective surgery in January 2009.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2007-08): Played in 33 games, averaging 6.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game; also led team with 34 three-point field goals, the fourth-highest total by a freshman in school history ...during conference play, ranked 15th in BIG EAST with .382 three-point percentage ... made college debut in season opener vs. Miami (Ohio), picking up six points, seven rebounds and two steals in season-high 28 minutes ... had three steals in homecoming game at No. 3 Maryland ... tallied eight points at Central Michigan, including pair of three-pointers 36 seconds apart that sparked backbreaking 20-0 Irish run late in first half ... posted first career double-figure scoring game with 13 points and three steals in 14 minutes against Boston College ... scored in double digits for second consecutive outing with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists in win over Canisius ... notched seven points against Michigan ... came off bench to toss in 12 points at Bowling Green, including 10 in less than five minutes during an 18-6 Irish run late in the first half ... tallied season-high four assists and three steals at Purdue...scored 10 points and swiped season-best four steals in victory over Valparaiso ... collected nine points and three steals at IUPUI ... dropped in seven points with three rebounds and two steals vs. Saint Francis (Pa.) ... did not play at Richmond after experiencing flu-like symptoms ... had key role in second-half comeback at No. 16 West Virginia, scoring all nine of her points on season-high three three-pointers, including two treys in final five minutes as Irish rallied from 22 points back to within one point twice down stretch ... played at Georgetown in front of nearly 80 family and friends from nearby Baltimore, scored season-high 15 points ... scored five points against No. rv/25 DePaul, including two crucial free throws with seven seconds left to pull Irish within one; also forced turnover moments later that gave Irish a look at game-winning shot ... tallied six points with two assists and two steals vs. Providence ... collected seven points at Cincinnati ... chalked up nine points and four rebounds in victory over Marquette ... added nine points and four rebounds at No. 21/23 Syracuse ... had seven points at DePaul and came up with key deflection in final seconds as Blue Demons positioned for game-tying or winning shot ... fired in 14 points and tied season-best with seven rebounds in victory over South Florida ... credited with game-high three steals in regular-season finale at St. John's ... scored five points and grabbed three rebounds in 11 minutes during NCAA second-round win over No. 14/13 Oklahoma.
High School: Collected 17.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.1 three-pointers per game during four-year career at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md. ... ranked 96th in nation by Blue Star Basketball ... three-time all-state selection (2005, 2006, 2007) ... four-time IAAM A Conference All-Star choice (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) ... four-time Baltimore Sun all-metro and all-county pick (first team final three seasons) ... second in school history with 1,825 career points ... averaged 17.3 ppg., 6.1 rpg., 2.5 spg. with .470 field goal percentage and .390 three-point mark as senior, leading team to first IAAM A Conference title game since 1999 ... team posted 83-23 (.790) record during her career ... also was standout prep lacrosse midfielder ... 2006 high school All-Tewaaraton Team ... two-time honorable mention All-America (U.S. Lacrosse), IAAM A Conference All-Star and all-metro/all-county selection (2005, 2006) ... led team to IAAM A Conference championship game in 2006.
Personal Data: Daughter of Wendy and Bob Mallory, Jr. ... younger of two children ... fourth Maryland resident to play for Fighting Irish and first since Sherri Orlosky (Columbia/Atholton HS) graduated in 1994 ... earned her bachelor's degree in management-entrepreneurship from Notre Dame's top-ranked Mendoza College of Business in May 2011 ... named to BIG EAST All-Academic Team while pursuing graduate studies in 2012 ... earned certificate of merit for participation in Notre Dame's Rosenthal Leadership Institute in 2007-08 ... wore No. 22 at Notre Dame, joining a select group of former Fighting Irish player to sport that number, including Orlosky, Comalita Haysbert (a fellow Baltimore native) and NCAA career three-point percentage champion Alicia Ratay ... joined Notre Dame women's lacrosse team in April 2012 following completion of her basketball eligibility, playing in six games and scoring one goal while helping Fighting Irish earn NCAA Championship berth.
CAREER HONORS: 2008: BIG EAST All-Freshman Team.
2012: BIG EAST All-Academic Team.