Top-seeded Notre Dame prepares to take on second-seeded Maryland in Raleigh.
OVERVIEW: Joins current Notre Dame assistant coach Niele Ivey as two of the most remarkable stories of injury rehabilitation and success in Fighting Irish athletics history (let alone women's basketball) ... like Ivey, Peters endured two ACL injuries (and three related surgeries), which caused her to miss large portions of her first three seasons at Notre Dame ... nicknamed "Dev", she was known for her passion and intensity on the court and friendly, outgoing attitude off the court ... had the ability to change game on offense with her quickness and versatility, ability to beat opponents off the dribble or face up and hit the mid-range jumper ... ran the floor extremely well for player of her size (not to mention one coming off three knee surgeries), making her an important asset in transition ... on defense, her massive 77-inch (6-foot-5) wingspan helped make for an extremely disruptive presence, both in the press and on the back line in half-court situations ... agility allowed her to elevate quickly for rebounds and blocked shots ... only fourth player in 10-year period (2001-02 through 2011-12) to have multiple seasons with 60 blocks, 60 steals and 60 assists, joining Tennessee's Candace Parker (2006-07 and 2007-08), Minnesota's Janel McCarville (2003-04 and 2004-05) and Appalachian State's Anna Freeman (2009-10 and 2011-12) ... first Fighting Irish player to register 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 blocks, 200 steals and 200 assists in her career ... at time of her graduation, appeared in the top 10 on five of Notre Dame's career statistical lists -- blocked shots (2nd - 227), rebounds (5th - 937), field goal percentage (7th - .550), steals (9th - 222) and double-doubles (9th - 23) ... also departed 17th in school history with 1,319 career points ... was selected in first round of 2012 WNBA Draft with the third overall selection (highest in school history; first lottery pick) by the defending league champion Minnesota Lynx ... joined Natalie Novosel in giving Notre Dame multiple first-round WNBA Draft selections in the same year for the first time ... as a rookie in 2012, was key contributor off the bench for Minnesota, helping Lynx to second consecutive WNBA Western Conference title and league's best record before falling in WNBA Finals to Indiana.
FIFTH-YEAR SENIOR SEASON (2011-12): Equaled own school record (also held by many others) with 39 starts ... only player in country (and just the second since 2001-02) to register 75 blocks, 75 steals and 75 assists in a single season -- other to accomplish this was Tennessee's Candace Parker in 2007-08 (Duquesne's Damian Saunders was only men's player to have a 75-75-75 season in last 10 years, doing so in 2009-10) ... 363 total rebounds were second-most for one season in school history (368 by Katryna Gaither in 1996-97) ... only BIG EAST player to rank among top 10 in conference in the three major defensive categories this season -- first in rebounding/42nd in nation (9.3 rpg.) third in blocked shots/40th in nation (2.0 bpg) and 10th in steals (2.0 spg) ... second in BIG EAST in double-doubles (career-high 12; league-leading five in conference play), 26th in scoring (11.8 ppg.) and fifth in field goal percentage (.544) ... had three other games where she missed a double-double by one point or one rebound ... registered four games with 15 points & 15 rebounds and seven 15-rebound games (both tying school records first set in 1977-78) ... won BIG EAST regular-season rebounding title (10.9 rpg.), the first Notre Dame player to do so since Ruth Riley in 1999-2000 ... scored in double figures 25 times ... grabbed six of eight rebounds on offensive glass against Hartford ... dodged foul trouble to collect eight points and seven rebounds vs. USC ... hit six of nine shots and made each of her four free throws for 16 points in a home win over Penn ... nearly notched a double-double at Creighton with 10 points and nine rebounds, reversing those numbers one game later vs. Marquette with nine points and 10 rebounds ... chalked up first double-double of season with 16 points and game-high 11 rebounds at No. 12 Purdue ... second consecutive double-double came in home win against No. 8/7 Kentucky after collecting 13 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks ... piled up 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals vs. Central Florida ... joined Notre Dame's 1,000-Point Club while nabbing third double-double in four outings after posting 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. Longwood ... eight points and 10 rebounds with three steals at Seton Hall ... outstanding all-around performance in overtime win against No. 2 Connecticut with nine points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals ... posted 10 points and eight rebounds in a road win at No. 18/17 Georgetown ... went for 17 points (8-12 FG) at Cincinnati to go along with six rebounds ... set pace in dominating win over Pittsburgh with 20 points (9-13 FG) in just 18 minutes ... posted 19 points against Villanova, including 17 in the first half when she single-handedly outscored the Wildcats, 17-16 to earn BIG EAST Player of the Week (Jan. 23) honors ... logged fourth double-double of season behind 16 points, 16 rebounds and career-best six assists vs. No. 7/9 Tennessee (first Notre Dame player since January 2009 with 15 points and 15 rebounds in a game) ... second consecutive double-double came in the form of an 18-point, 15-rebound outing at St. John's to become the first Irish player to post consecutive 15-point/15-rebound games since Letitia Bowen in 1992 (added five blocks and four steals against the Red Storm) ... dominated No. 13/14 Rutgers with 17 rebounds along with 15 points, making her first Fighting Irish player to record three consecutive double-doubles since Jacqueline Batteast in 2004 NCAA Championship; third straight 15-rebound game was feat that no Notre Dame player had accomplished since Feb. 16-24, 1979, when Jane Politiski did so in the program's AIAW Division III era ... good for 11 points, three blocks and two steals with seven rebounds vs. No. RV/23 DePaul ... notched another double-double with season-high 21 points and 16 boards (plus four blocks) at Syracuse ... matched (then) career-best marks vs. West Virginia in rebounds (17) and blocks (6) ... recorded eighth double-double of season with game-high 19-point, 11-rebound effort against Providence ... tallied 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in win at No. 16 Louisville ... set career high in rebounds (18) and scored 17 points in Senior Day victory over South Florida ... tallied school record-tying seventh 15-rebound game of season and scored nine points in win at No. 4 Connecticut that clinched BIG EAST regular-season title ... finished with double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds) in BIG EAST Championship quarterfinal victory over No. RV/23 DePaul, adding (then) career high-tying six blocks and three steals ... scored 11 points and had three blocks in BIG EAST semifinal win over No. 25 West Virginia ... posted seven points and game-high 11 rebounds in BIG EAST title game at No. 4 Connecticut ... tallied 10 points in NCAA Championship first-round win over Liberty ... filled every corner of stat sheet in NCAA second-round win over California with 11 points, game-high 14 rebounds, career-high seven blocks and game-high five assists ... registered another double-digit rebound effort in postseason play by bringing down 10 rebounds in NCAA Sweet 16 victory over No. 21/25 St. Bonaventure ... tallied yet another double-double performance in a career-high 40 minutes in NCAA Final Four overtime victory against No. 3 Connecticut (17 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks) -- was her fifth double-double in final 11 NCAA tournament games, dating back to 2010-11 season.
SENIOR SEASON (2010-11): Tied school record by starting all 39 games ... ranked third on team in scoring (career-high 11.9 ppg.) and tops in rebounding (career-high 7.5 rpg.), blocks (1.7 bpg.; 68 total), field goal percentage (.593; fifth in nation) and double-doubles (10) ... fourth in steals (1.7 spg.; 66 total) ... only player in the nation with 65 blocks and 65 steals on the season ... joined Connecticut's Maya Moore as the only players to rank in top 15 in BIG EAST in three major defensive categories of rebounds, blocks and steals ... made big splash in season opener vs. New Hampshire with career-high 23 points (career-high 11 FGM on 13 FGA), eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks in only 16 minutes for her first career "point-a-minute" game ... recorded three consecutive double-digit scoring performances at the WBCA Classic while shooting .652 from the floor -- also drained each of her 11 free throws and pulled down 18 rebounds during the three-game stretch ... one of her two blocks at No. 2/3 Baylor was a second-half rejection of 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner, the first time she was stuffed during her college career ... had career-high six assists vs. Creighton ... rejected four shots at Valparaiso ... earned State Farm Holiday Hoops Classic MVP honors after averaging 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.5 steals with .684 FG% (13-19) in two-game event ... rang up second career double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds against Gonzaga ... delivered 16 points (8-9 FG), six rebounds and five steals vs. Loyola Marymount (first "5-5-5" game of year) ... grabbed season-high 13 rebounds and scored 11 points in just 14 minutes against Southeast Missouri State ... drained 9-of-12 shots for game-high 18 points vs. Marquette, while also registering eight boards, two blocks and four steals ... added third double-double of the season (17 pts., 11 rebs.) with four swats against No. 2 Connecticut ... scored 14 points (7-9 FG) vs. Louisville ... nabbed fourth double-double (15 pts., 10 rebs.) at Pittsburgh ... grabbed 12 boards vs. No. 16/17 Georgetown ... piled up 14 points, 10 rebounds (fifth double-double) and season-high five blocked shots in win over No. RV/23 St. John's -- her second "5-5-5" game of season ... netted 20 points (4-4 FT) while charting nine boards and four steals at Villanova ... tallied 15 points and 11 boards against No. RV/25 Syracuse to register her sixth double-double ... added 10 points and five boards against Seton Hall ... hit 20-point mark for third time on the season with game-high 21 points against Rutgers, while also registering six rebounds, two blocks and four steals ... dodged foul trouble to grab game-high eight rebounds in 21 minutes at No. 2 Connecticut ... dropped in 8-of-10 shots for 16 points in win at No. 19/18 West Virginia; also had five rebounds and three blocks ... registered 12 points and 10 rebounds for her seventh double-double of season against Cincinnati ... netted 15 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 37 minutes at No. 12/11 DePaul; converted layup with 30 seconds left to give Fighting Irish one-point lead ... piled up 19 points, nine rebounds, six blocks and three steals against Louisville in BIG EAST quarterfinal -- her third "5-5-5" game of the season ... had 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in BIG EAST semifinal win over No. 9/13 DePaul ... collected 12 points, six rebounds and four blocks in NCAA first round win at Utah ... racked up eighth double-double of season (first in NCAA tournament play) with 17 points and team-high 12 rebounds in second-round win over Temple ... collected her ninth double-double (17 points, 13 rebounds) in NCAA Sweet 16 win over No. 21/20 Oklahoma; also posted four assists, three blocks and four steals ... despite foul trouble in NCAA Elite Eight win over No. 4 Tennessee, still tallied seven points and five rebounds, connecting on two huge baskets during late second-half run that knocked out Lady Vols ... turned in exceptional performance against No. 7/8 Texas A&M in NCAA national championship game with 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting) and 11 rebounds.
JUNIOR SEASON (2009-10): Got late start to season while finishing rehabilitation protocol from her second knee surgery ... played in 25 games ... logged 6.7 points per game ... ranked second on team in rebounding (5.6 rpg.) and led team in blocks (1.2 bpg.) ... made first appearance in 13 months at Central Florida, playing 10 minutes (two points, two rebounds, two blocked shots) ... continued return from knee surgery with seven points, eight rebounds and four blocks in 14 minutes against No. 18/16 Vanderbilt ... packed stat sheet at Purdue with six points, game-high eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals; also had defensive play of night, blocking Samantha Woods' game-tying three-point attempt in right corner with four seconds left ... played first BIG EAST game in 23 months vs. Villanova, finishing with six points, four rebounds and three steals ... had best game since return from knee injury at No. 1 Connecticut, scoring team-high 12 points (6-11 FG) and grabbing eight rebounds ... tallied six points, five rebounds and two steals in win at Louisville ... offered boost off bench vs. Providence with eight points (4-7 FG) and four rebounds ... played season-high 28 minutes at Syracuse, finishing with five points, team-high seven rebounds and season-best four steals ... scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds at Rutgers; seven points (season-high 5-6 FT) and four rebounds came in final five minutes after RU came within two points ... efficient 10 minutes vs. Pitt (six points, five boards) ... fueled second-half surge vs. DePaul with six of eight points and all seven rebounds in final 20 minutes ... delivered strong all-around game at No. 22/23 St. John's with nine points, and game bests of 14 rebounds and six blocks in season-high-tying 28 minutes; was first "5-5-5" game of season (third of career) ... nearly had another "5-5-5" game vs. Marquette, finishing with seven points, nine rebounds and season-high-tying four steals ... contributed balanced line at Seton Hall with eight points, team-high eight rebounds, season-high-tying three assists, three blocks and two steals ... rose to the occasion in regular season finale vs. No. 1 Connecticut with 15 points (6-10 FG) and team-best seven rebounds in 20 minutes ... popped in 11 points (5-7 FG) and nabbed seven rebounds in BIG EAST second-round win over Louisville ... chalked up 13 points (11 in second half) and added five rebounds, season-high-tying three assists and three steals of BIG EAST quarterfinal victory over No. 16 St. John's ... had seven boards in BIG EAST semifinal vs. No. 1 Connecticut ... made NCAA Championship debut in first-round win over Cleveland State, tallying 12 points (5-8 FG) and five rebounds (four offensive) ... tied career high with four assists in NCAA second-round win over Vermont.
SOPHOMORE (MEDICAL HARDSHIP) SEASON (2008-09): Appeared in three games (one start), averaging 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game with .688 field goal percentage and six blocks (2.0 per game) ... looked sharp in State Farm Tip-Off Classic at No. 24/22 LSU, coming off bench to play 28 minutes, notching 12 points, team-high six rebounds, three blocks and three steals ... earned starting nod vs. Evansville, registering six points and four rebounds ... collected four points, three rebounds, two blocks and two steals in only 16 minutes at Boston College; injured left knee at 13:04 of first half (four minutes after entering), but feeling little discomfort, returned to play 12 minutes later in game ... 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 two-part corrective surgery in February and May 2009.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2007-08): Saw action in 23 games (two starts), averaging 9.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game with team-leading 1.96 blocks per game, and .522 field goal percentage ... posted 45 blocks, the third-highest total ever by an Irish freshman ... made college debut vs. Miami (Ohio), coming off the bench to register six points, eight rebounds and game-high five blocks in 15 minutes ... had four points, team-high eight rebounds and three steals against Western Kentucky ... turned in strong performance off the bench at No. 3 Maryland, collecting 12 points (first career double-figure scoring game), six rebounds and two blocks ... carded four points, seven rebounds and three blocks at Central Michigan ... registered four points, three assists and three steals against Boston College ... returned to double figures with 12 points against Canisius, while also chipping in six rebounds and three blocks ... notched 10 points, four rebounds and three steals in victory over Michigan ... tossed in 14 points, as well as three more steals and four blocks in overtime win at Bowling Green ... had five points (including first-half three-point play) and six rebounds at Purdue ... tallied 10 points, three blocks and two steals in win over Valparaiso ... collected 11 points and four blocks at IUPUI ... registered 10 points, eight rebounds and season-best four assists in win over Saint Francis (Pa.) ... scored 12 points at Richmond ... came off bench to tally 10 points and eight rebounds vs. No. 3 Tennessee ... made first start at Louisville, scoring six points ... notched two points, five rebounds and three steals at No. 16 West Virginia ... had season-high 15 points, six rebounds and season-best seven steals vs. Villanova ... scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds at Georgetown ... against No. RV/25 DePaul, snared eight rebounds while adding seven points and three blocks ... posted first career double-double with 10 points and season-high 12 rebounds against No. 1 Connecticut ... efficient against Providence with 12 points and four rebounds ... made most of 15 minutes at Cincinnati, tallying 12 points and five rebounds ... scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds in 13 minutes vs. No. 15 Pittsburgh on Feb. 10 before suffering left knee injury at 13:44 mark of second half; injury later confirmed to be a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ... underwent successful corrective surgery in April 2008.
HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 12.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game with .600 field goal percentage during four-year career at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Ill. ... ranked 21st in nation (fourth among power forwards) by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, 24th in nation by Blue Star Basketball, 31st in nation (seventh among power forwards) by All-Star Girls Report and 35th in nation (12th among forwards) by ESPN Hoopgurlz ... McDonald's All-American (2007) ... Parade third-team All-American (2007) ... USA Today third-team All-USA selection (2007) ... four-time Street & Smith's honorable mention All-American (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) ... Illinois Miss Basketball runner-up (2007) ... two-time first-team all-state selection (2006, 2007) ... two-time adidas Top Ten Camp All-Star (Upperclass - 2005; Underclass - 2004) ... Most Outstanding Player of 2007 Illinois Class 2A Tournament after leading Fenwick to first state title since 2001 (15.3 ppg., 8.0 rpg., 4.7 bpg., .621 FG% in three-game state tournament with double-doubles in semifinals and final) ... team ranked sixth in final 2006-07 USA Today Super 25 poll with 36-2 record ... team logged 135-11 (.925) record during her career.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Made USA Basketball debut in summer of 2011 with USA World University Games Team (joined by current ND teammates Skylar Diggins and Natalie Novosel), helping pace the United States to a 6-0 record and the gold medal at World University Games in Shenzhen, China ... had an impressive showing as the leading American scorer off the bench (and fourth overall) with 10.0 points per game ... also was fourth on the team in rebounding (5.3 rpg.), and ranked among the top 10 in the entire tournament in field goal percentage (fifth at .560, second-best on team) and blocked shots (ninth with team-high 1.0 bpg.).
PERSONAL DATA: First name pronounced DEV-er-OH ... older of two children ...parents are Denise Gladden-Peters and R. Delacey Peters, Jr. ... uncle, Tom Seabron, was defensive end/linebacker on Michigan football team (1975-78) and later was chosen by San Francisco 49ers in fifth round of 1979 National Football League draft ... continued long line of successful student-athletes who matriculated to Notre Dame from Fenwick High School, most notably 1953 Heisman Trophy winner John Lattner ... received her bachelor's degree in film, television & theater from Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters in May 2011 ... was only fifth player in program's history to wear No. 14 (first since 1990) ... in addition to domestic pro career with the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, is beginning first international professional season (2012-13 winter) playing in Italian First Division.
2012: WNBA First-Round Draft Pick (third overall - Minnesota Lynx) ... State Farm Coaches' All-America Team (honorable mention) ... Associated Press All-America Team (honorable mention) ... BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year ... WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year Finalist ... First-Team All-BIG EAST ... BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team ... BIG EAST Player of the Week (Jan. 23).
2011: State Farm Coaches' All-America Team (honorable mention) ... BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year ... First-Team All-BIG EAST ... State Farm Holiday Hoops Classic Most Valuable Player ... NCAA Women's Final Four All-Tournament Team ... WBCA Classic All-Tournament Team.