Notre Dame is fourth team in NCAA Division I history to make five consecutive Final Four appearances (6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN; listen on WatchND).
Notre Dame to face its fifth ranked opponent of the season (1 p.m. ET; live on ACC-Regional Sports Networks TV package).
In seven-day span, Notre Dame women's basketball featured at ESPYs, WNBA All-Star Game and more.
Notre Dame takes on BC for second time this season (7 p.m. ET; live audio at WatchND).
Notre Dame to meet fellow ACC newcomer Sunday in sixth annual fund-raising game for cancer research (3 p.m. ET on ACC-RSN and ESPN3/WatchESPN; listen live at WatchND).
Skylar Diggins scored 23 and Devereaux Peters added 21 and 11 rebounds to lead Notre Dame.
2011 Championship Game - Pregame Gallery
Skylar Diggins scored 28 points, Natalie Novosel added 22
Images from Notre Dame's practice session the day before the Irish take on two-time defending champ UConn.
A compilation of the best photos of the Notre Dame women throughout the 2010-2011 basketball season.
OVERVIEW: Team co-captain for 2010-11 ... one of two returning starters this season ... has started 57 games during the past two years ... veteran who will be looked upon to offer leadership on the court and in the locker room ... five-tool player whose biggest asset is her versatility, making her particularly dangerous in the Irish motion offense ... equally adept at taking defenders on low block or shooting over them on perimeter ... one of team's most efficient players, making the most of her court time on both offense and defense ... strong fundamental base combined with excellent court IQ ... hard-nosed, tenacious player who is not afraid to mix it up in the paint with bigger post players ... well-conditioned athlete who takes advantage of that stamina in transition game ... also possesses numerous intangible qualities including competitiveness and mental toughness ... not intimidated by circumstances or surroundings, refusing to back down from any opponent at any time and rising to the challenge at every opportunity.
JUNIOR SEASON (2009-10): Appeared in 34 games, starting 26 times ... ranked fourth on team in scoring (9.1 ppg.) and field goal percentage (.494) ... also had one "5-5-5" game (Louisville) ... led the way in season opener vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, recording second career double-double (19p/10r) in just 22 minutes ... got Irish off and running in win over Iona, scoring 11 of her 14 points in first half ... posted first career "point-a-minute" game to aid Paradise Jam victory over South Carolina with 11 points in 11 minutes ... snared game-high seven rebounds along with seven points in Paradise Jam victory over #20/17 Oklahoma ... played only 22 minutes vs. Eastern Michigan due to foul trouble, but still scored 14 points (6-8 FG) and grabbed six rebounds ... paced Irish in win over IPFW with 18 points, five assists and career-high-tying four steals in 23 minutes ... chalked up 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists in win over Valparaiso ... did not play at Purdue (illness), snapping string of 43 consecutive starts and 48 consecutive games played; was only third missed game of her career (out with surgically-repaired broken finger - Feb. 27 & March 1, 2008 vs. South Florida and Seton Hall) ... notched first "5-5-5" game of career with five points, six rebounds and career-high seven assists (one turnover) at Louisville ... returned to double figures with 10 points vs. Providence ... played major role in win at Rutgers with 13 points (6-10 FG) in 20 minutes; also connected on three big baskets midway through second half as Irish protected single-digit lead ... tossed in 10 points (5-9 FG) vs. Pittsburgh ... continued resurgence with 14 points and game highs of eight rebounds and four assists in season-best 30 minutes at Cincinnati ... exceptional effort in Pink Zone win over DePaul with career-high 25 points (on career-best 10-17 FG), including 19 points in second half ... met the challenge in regular season finale vs. No. 1 Connecticut, coming off bench to share team-high scoring honors with 15 points (7-12 FG) in 22 minutes ... entered as reserve in BIG EAST second-round win over Louisville, tossing in 10 points (4-7 FG) in 14 minutes ... set the tone in NCAA first-round win over Cleveland State with 14 points (6-10 FG) in 17 minutes.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008-09): Started all 31 games ... ranking third on team in scoring (10.7 ppg.), second in both rebounding (5.0 rpg.) and field goal percentage (.487, 11th in BIG EAST) and tops in three-point percentage (.375) ... in BIG EAST play, ranked 27th in conference in scoring (11.8 ppg.) ... one double-double ... made first career start in State Farm Tip-Off Classic at No. 24/22 LSU (six points ... scored (then) career-high 18 points and added career-best four steals vs. Evansville ... tallied another 18 points at Boston College, while notching career-best four assists ... dished out career-high four assists with two blocks vs. No. 24 Michigan State ... returned to double figures at Michigan with 10 points ... tossed in 10 points and added career-high-tying four assists against Loyola-Chicago ... tallied 12 points at Charlotte; hit critical baseline jumper with 55 seconds remaining (three on shot clock) and Irish protecting five-point lead ... registered 12 points (10 in second half) and seven rebounds at No. 20/19 Vanderbilt; gave Irish lead for good on layup with 4:06 to play, followed by huge three-pointer 37 seconds later that helped complete ND's school-record 18-point comeback win ... ... chalked up 12 points at Marquette ... collected 13 points in win over St. John's; also delivered assist on Erica Solomon's layup with 1:25 left that put Irish ahead for good ... notched 15 points and seven rebounds in win over Cincinnati ... shared team-high scoring honors at No. 22/24 Pittsburgh with 14 points, while ringing up career-high three blocks ... recorded first career double-double in win over No. 25 DePaul, finishing with 14 points and career-high 12 rebounds; also put Irish ahead to stay on baseline jumper with 50 seconds remaining and added insurance free throw with 3.7 ticks left ... tossed in 18 points vs. No. 10/12 Louisville ... posted fifth consecutive double-figure scoring game with career-high 20 points at South Florida, hitting four free throws in 37-second span as part of game-ending 11-4 run (and career-best 8-of-8 performance at the charity stripe) ... tied or set new career scoring high for third time in four games (sixth time on the season) with 20 points in win over Syracuse ... rang up 16 points at Providence ... carded 11 points and seven rebounds in regular-season finale vs. West Virginia ... dropped in 11 points, adding team highs of seven rebounds and four assists in NCAA opener vs. Minnesota.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2007-08): Appeared in 32 games, averaging 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game with team-high .558 field goal percentage (.600 in BIG EAST play) ... made college debut in season opener vs. Miami (Ohio), scoring a late bucket and adding one assist ... provided solid effort off the bench at No. 3 Maryland with four points, seven rebounds and two assists in 11 minutes ... had best scoring day of young career at Central Michigan, dropping in game-high 13 points and grabbing four rebounds, all in second half ... reached double digits for second consecutive game with 10 points and five rebounds in 11 minutes vs. Boston College ... collected six points and season-high three steals against Canisius ... made both of her shots (four points) and snared two rebounds at Purdue ... scored five points and grabbed two rebounds in win over Valparaiso ... tallied three points in victory at IUPUI ... scored three points in 12 minutes vs. Saint Francis (Pa.) ... tossed in seven points with two steals in 11 minutes at Richmond ... battled well against No. 3 Tennessee, notching four points and season-high-tying seven rebounds in season-best 24 minutes ... knocked down first career three-pointer in win at Louisville ... registered five points and four rebounds at No. 16 West Virginia ... made most of her nine minutes at Georgetown, scoring 10 points; second time she narrowly missed a "point-a-minute" game (minimum of 10 minutes played to qualify) ... chalked up seven points and five rebounds against No. 1 Connecticut ... collected four points and three rebounds in win over Providence ... turned in solid outing against No. 15 Pittsburgh with 10 points, six rebounds and season-high-tying two assists in 20 minutes ... notched six points and two rebounds in win over Marquette ... carded four points in victory at No. 21/23 Syracuse ... had another strong performance vs. a ranked opponent with nine points and five rebounds in 21 minutes at No. 5/4 Rutgers ... underwent successful surgery Feb. 25 to repair broken left ring finger (injury occurred in practice on Feb. 17) ... missed two games (South Florida and Seton Hall) ... returned to action in regular-season finale at St. John's, playing 11 minutes and logging season-high two blocks ... made big splash in NCAA tournament debut vs. SMU, scoring (then) career-high 16 points ... held her ground in NCAA second-round overtime win over No. 14/13 Oklahoma, teaming with Erica Williamson to hold All-American Courtney Paris to four points over final 16 minutes, including no points in overtime period ... capped off a superb NCAA tournament run in the regional semifinals against No. 3 Tennessee by matching her (then) career high with 16 points and six rebounds.
HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 19.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 2.8 steals per game with .491 field goal percentage during four-year career at Wheeler High School in Wheeler, Ind. ... ranked 44th in nation (10th among small forwards) by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and 58th in nation by Blue Star Basketball ... three-time all-state selection, including first-team honors in 2007 ... second runner-up for 2007 Indiana Miss Basketball ... three-time Street & Smith's preseason honorable mention All-America pick ... 2007 Times of Northwest Indiana and Gary Post-Tribune Player of the Year ... four-time first-team all-area selection ... 2007 Indiana All-Star Team member (first in school history); earned MVP honors in second game of Indiana-Kentucky series after posting game-high 14 points and nine rebounds (former Irish wing/2010 Notre Dame graduate Ashley Barlow won award in 2006) ... set 11 school/county records, including career marks for points (1,808 - also Porter County record), rebounds (904), blocks (256) and steals (260) ... first player in school history to average double-double for three consecutive seasons (2004-05 through 2006-07) ... rang up three triple-doubles during high school career ... helped team to three Class 2A sectional titles/regional appearances ... spent three seasons with Indiana Elite AAU team (through Midwest Basketball Academy in Mishawaka, Ind.) and was two-year teammate of former Irish point guard/2010 Notre Dame graduate Melissa Lechlitner ... also enjoyed exceptional prep volleyball career as middle blocker ... three-time all-state selection, earning first-team honors as junior and senior ... three-time first-team all-conference choice ... owns school records for career kills (2,042) and blocks (452), as well as single-season kills (657) and blocks (139) ... led Wheeler to four sectional volleyball titles and regional tournament berths.
PERSONAL DATA: Born June 7, 1988, in Merrillville, Ind. ... last name pronounced broo-SHEFF-skee ... daughter of Therese and Mark Bruszewski ... youngest of four children, with her three older siblings all recent graduates of Indiana University -- brothers Chris ('04) and Patrick ('06), and sister Alyse ('08), who also was a member of the Hoosiers' rowing team as a freshman ... 18th Indiana native to join Irish women's basketball program, but first to come from northwest Indiana ... hails from same area of state as Luke Harangody, former Notre Dame two-time All-America men's basketball forward (and current member of NBA's Boston Celtics) ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business where she is a marketing major ... some former Irish players who wore No. 32 include Jane Politiski, Julie Henderson and Breona Gray.
Bruszewski's Career Statistics
Bruszewski in the BIG EAST Conference