Notre Dame welcomes Michigan to town for first time since 2007 and just third time since 2001 NCAA Championship (1 p.m. ET; live on WatchND).
Notre Dame to make first appearance in the conference challenge event (7:30 p.m. ET; live TV on Big Ten Network).
Notre Dame at #7 Connecticut
Dynamic point guard who has been a mainstay in Notre Dame backcourt the past two seasons ... displayed exceptional improvement in her all-around game from sophomore to junior seasons ... experience and leadership skills allow her to command universal respect in Irish locker room ... explosive off the dribble, while speed and ball-handling ability make her threat both in transition and breaking the press ... one of the team's top defenders, thanks to her quick hands and court awareness ... invites contact with slashing drives through the lane and has made opponents pay with sharpened ability at the foul line ... continues to hone her perimeter shooting and diversify her offensive game ... intense competitor whose passion and flair sets the tone for her teammates.
Junior Season (2006-07)
One of three players to start all 32 games for the Irish, averaging 9.6 points, 3.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game ... ranked among BIG EAST leaders in assists (eighth), steals (sixth), free throw percentage (eighth - .815) and assist/turnover ratio (14th - 1.11) ... scored (then) career-high 25 points (8-15 FG, 9-11 FT) and added six rebounds in overtime victory against Bowling Green ... shared team-high scoring honors at Penn State with 12 points, while also matching (then) career best with four steals ... dished out career-high nine assists to go along with eight points in victory over Western Michigan ... scored 11 points, including two game-winning FT with 3.3 seconds left at Michigan ... in victory over No. 10/9 Purdue, rang up 16 of her 20 points (8-12 FG) in second half, including eight in the final 1:45, while adding game-best five assists ... tallied 16 points (6-10 FG) and career-high five steals in win over IUPUI ... notched 13 points (5-7 FG) and three steals against Prairie View A&M ... poured in career-high 27 points (8-14 FG, 11-12 FT) along with five assists and four steals in win vs. Cincinnati ... flirted with double-double vs. Syracuse, ending up with 10 points and career-high-tying nine assists ... registered 13 points, four rebounds and three steals in win over No. 17/16 Louisville ... piled up 12 points and five assists in victory vs. DePaul ... tallied 14 points (5-8 FG, 4-5 FT), four assists and four steals against Georgetown ... closed out regular season with 14 points (4-6 FG, 6-8 FT), five assists and career-high two blocks at DePaul ... scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds in both of Notre Dame's NCAA Tournament games (vs. California and No. 2 North Carolina); also handed out eight assists against UNC and converted two big free throws with 16.5 seconds left in first-round win over Cal.
Sophomore Season (2005-06)
Played in 29 games, including 20 starts (the first of her career), averaging 4.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game ... scored 11 points (4-5 FG) at Wisconsin, including critical driving layup to beat shot clock with 1:57 left to put Irish in the driver's seat ... returned to starting lineup vs. Seton Hall and responded well with 12 points, five assists and four steals ... tossed in eight points against No. 10 DePaul, including four key free throws in the final 1:34 to help seal victory ... notched six points, eight rebounds and three steals against Providence ... erupted for first career double-double in overtime win at Cincinnati, posting career bests of 14 points (8-9 FT) and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes; also sank game-tying layup as time expired in regulation ... contributed nine points, (then) career-high eight assists (no turnovers) and six rebounds in regular-season finale vs. Pittsburgh ... scored 12 points (4-4 FG) and snared team-high seven rebounds in BIG EAST Championship first-round win over South Florida ... closed season well, recording 8.0 ppg., 5.3 rpg., 3.7 apg. and 2.2 assist/turnover ratio (22 assists, 10 turnovers) in final six games.
Freshman Season (2004-05)
Appeared in 29 games, averaging 2.4 points and 2.0 rebounds per contest ... missed much of summer while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery ... made college debut in Preseason WNIT opener vs. Illinois State, only to be sidelined after five minutes of action with neck injury (subsequently missed four games) ... returned after injury absence to log two points, two rebounds and two steals at USC ... grabbed two rebounds in victory at Valparaiso ...dished out two assists against No. 15 Michigan State ... scored five points in 16 minutes at Dayton ... distributed a season-best four assists against Washington ...had two points and two rebounds at Marquette ...charted 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-5 FT) and seven rebounds in 27 minutes at Northern Illinois ... came up with three steals in win over Seton Hall ... picked up two assists and one steal against No. 16 Connecticut ... tallied seven points (3-4 FG), two assists and two rebounds in 13 minutes against No. 20 Purdue ... scored four points in nine minutes of victory at No. 9/10 Connecticut ... added four points, three rebounds and three steals against No. 16/13 Boston College ... contributed three points (3-4 FT) and three assists at Pittsburgh ... offered up nine points (3-4 FG), two assists and two steals in win at Providence ... nearly came up with first career double-double in home finale vs. West Virginia, finishing with eight points (2-3 FG, 4-4 FT) and nine rebounds.
Averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.8 steals and 3.6 rebounds per game in senior season at Cheyenne High School ... ranked second in scoring and sixth in assists among southern Nevada Class 4A players ... 2004 Gatorade Nevada Player of the Year ... first-team all-Sunset League (Northwest Division) in 2004 ... honorable mention all-state pick by Las Vegas Sun (2004) .... averaged 18.9 points and 5.1 assists per game as junior at Burroughs High School in Burbank, Calif. ... earned first-team all-CIF Southern Section Division 2A honors ... two-time Street & Smith's honorable mention All-American (2002, 2003) ... Los Angeles Times first-team all-area choice ... three-time all-Foothill League selection (2001-03) ... set Burroughs High School record for assists in one season (122 in 2003) ... earned bronze medal at 2003 USA Youth Development Festival with West Team after averaging 6.0 ppg. in five-game tourney ... guided AAU team to national championships in 2000 (13-and-under) and 2002 (15-and-under) ... ranked 25th in nation by All Game Sports, 52nd by Blue Star Index and 61st by All-Star Girls Report ... also competed in track throughout high school career ... was Nevada state finalist in triple jump in 2004, helping team to state runner-up finish in Class 4A ... also broke Burroughs High School record for triple jump in 2003.
Born Oct. 4, 1986 in Fontana, Calif. ... older of two children ... first name pronounced tuh-LIE-uh ... daughter of Phalesia and Kevin Gaines ... comes from athletic family -- younger brother, Jashaad, is sophomore football player at Notre Dame; uncle, Sam Cash, played basketball at UC Riverside; cousin, Sami Cash, played volleyball at UC Irvine; and cousin, Jere Boykin played soccer at Oklahoma State ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters as double major in film, television & theater and computer applications ... posted impressive 3.667 grade-point average during fall 2006 semester ... first Notre Dame women's basketball player to wear No. 1.
2007: BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team. 2006: BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.
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