Notre Dame heads to Chicago for 40th meeting with Blue Demons (9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on Fox Sports 2).
Overview: Athletic, lanky post player who 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 ... provides depth for Irish post corps ... showed positive growth and development during offseason under watchful eye of longtime Fighting Irish associate head coach/post guru Carol Owens.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013-14): Played in 16 games, averaging 0.5 points and 0.8 rebounds per game ... saw first action of career against Valparaiso, scoring two points and grabbing three rebounds ... had two points and two rebounds in late-game action against Duquesne ... grabbed a season-high four rebounds in just two minutes against Miami ... tallied third block of career at Boston College ... made the most of her postseason debut against No. 14/17 North Carolina State in ACC semifinals with season-high four points (2-2 FG) and one rebound in four minutes.
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 senior 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 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: Daughter of Annette Thompson and Mario Crawford ... 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 (senior guard Whitney Holloway and junior guard Jewell Loyd) ... tallest player to play for Notre Dame since another 6-4 center, Erica Williamson (2006-10) ... currently enrolled in Notre Dame's top-ranked Mendoza College of Business but has not yet declared a major ... 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).