Several Notre Dame women's basketball players making their first trip to Europe as team opened its tour Sunday in London.
OVERVIEW: Tallest player on Notre Dame roster this season, and the tallest to play for Fighting Irish since Erica Williamson (2006-10) ... not only brings height but length to Notre Dame front line, making her an important contributor on defense through rebounding, steals and shot blocking ... solid finisher at the rim ... has good fundamental skill set to build from ... part of a youthful post corps that is expected to provide depth and future experience for Notre Dame under the guidance of longtime Fighting Irish associate head coach/post guru Carol Owens.
2013 EUROPEAN TOUR: Appeared in two games ... had two rebounds in tour-opening win over Barking Abbey ... recorded a blocked shot in first of two wins over French All-Star Team.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton, Ill., where she studied her final season and was coached by Rob Kroehnke ... spent first three prep seasons at Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Ill., where she was a teammate of current Notre Dame junior guard Whitney Holloway in 2009-10 and 2010-11 ... helped Broncs to 102-8 (.927) record and three consecutive Illinois Class 3A state titles from 2010-12 (first three in school history), becoming sixth Illinois girls' basketball team in history (across all classes) to win three state championships, and only the second to do so consecutively (Teutopolis won three Class A crowns from 1988-90), since tournament began in 1977 ... in final two years at Montini Catholic, averaged 5.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in limited action ... played AAU ball with Illinois Lady Lightning and head coach Michael Seberger.
AWARDS/HONORS: Ranked No. 73 in Class of 2013 by Blue Star Basketball ... ranked No. 85 by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ... ranked No. 97 by All-Star Girls Report ... ranked as 10th-best center in Class of 2013 by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
PERSONAL DATA: The 15th player from state of Illinois to matriculate to Notre Dame, and the 14th to come from the Chicagoland area, including two other current members of the Fighting Irish roster who came east from the Windy City (junior guard Whitney Holloway and sophomore guard Jewell Loyd) ... currently enrolled in Notre Dame's unique First Year of Studies program ... some other Fighting Irish players who have worn No. 35 include Kelly Heath and Mary Leffers (the latter, who also played volleyball at Notre Dame, was the most recent Fighting Irish women's basketball player to sport that number in 1997-98).