Notre Dame Women's Basketball defeated Connecticut 96-87 in triple overtime on Monday, March 4, 2013.
2013: BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
OVERVIEW: Powerful and versatile player who will provide Irish with depth at a number of court positions ... valuable asset in Notre Dame's varied offensive sets ... solid perimeter shooter, who can also take her opponents off the dribble ... physical presence that belies her size ...not afraid of contact in the paint ... showed significant development on the court and in the weight room during the offseason ... should see continued growth throughout 2012-13 season while working with new associate coach/Notre Dame's all-time leading scorer, Beth Cunningham.
2013 EUROPEAN TOUR:Played in all three games, averaging 2.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest (the latter figure ranking third on the team) ... had four points, 11 rebounds and three assists in tour-opening win over Barking Abbey ... collected two points and six rebounds in tour finale, the second of two victories over French All-Star Team.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012-13):Appeared in 25 games in her first college season, averaging 1.9 points and 2.0 rebounds per game ... had (then) season highs of five points and five rebounds in college debut, a home-opening win over UMass ... played season-best 19 minutes against Mercer ...matched season high with five rebounds against Utah State, and also had season-best two steals in 11 minutes ... tied (then) season high with five points against Alabama A&M, while also adding two rebounds and two steals ... collected four points and two rebounds against Kansas State ... scooped up five rebounds (tying season high) and dished out season-best two assists against Saint Francis (Pa.) ... in first BIG EAST action of career, had two points and three rebounds in four minutes against Rutgers ...had six points (1-1 FG, season-high 4-4 FT) in five minutes against Georgetown ... ... tied (then) season bests with six points and five rebounds against Providence ... turned in best day of young career at Marquette, posting career highs of seven points (2-3 FG, 3-4 FT) and three assists in 17 minutes ... set new career standards at DePaul by going 3-for-5 from field en route to finishing with six points in eight minutes ...filled role nicely once again with two points and four rebounds at Providence ... scored first points of NCAA postseason career with late basket in five minutes of opening-round win over Tennessee-Martin ...scored two points and grabbed four rebounds in six minutes of NCAA Sweet 16 win over Kansas.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Carondelet High School in Concord, Calif., where she helped the Cougars to a combined record of 112-20 (.848) while playing for head coach Margaret Gartner ... career per-game statistical averages of 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.7 steals ... challenged (and in many cases, topped) school's career records for points, rebounds, assists and steals, many of which were held by former Stanford/current WNBA center Jayne Appel ... helped team reach California Interscholastic Federation Division I (large school) state finals twice before falling to nation's top-ranked team (2009 - Brea Olinda HS, 2010 - Mater Dei HS) and also made Division I state semifinals once (2011) ... team also won two NorCal (Northern California) titles (2009, 2010) and three North Coast Section (NCS) titles (2009, 2010, 2012), while finishing as runners-up for both crowns in 2011 ... also won four East Bay Athletic League championships and posting a 55-1 league record in that time (2009-12) ... as a senior in 2011-12, paced Carondelet to 28-4 record while averaging 18.7 ppg., 7.1 rpg. and 2.4 spg., shooting .463 from the field and .796 from the foul line ... as a junior in 2010-11, helped Carondelet to 28-4 record and No. 20 national ranking by MaxPreps while averaging 16.3 ppg., 6.3 rpg., 3.6 apg., 3.5 spg. and 1.2 bpg. (led team in scoring assists and steals, finished second in rebounds and blocks) ... shot 53-percent from the floor, including 48-percent from three-point line, both of which also were team highs ... averaged 31.0 ppg. in final three games of state tournament, including a game-high 30 points in NorCal Division I championship game vs. Berkeley ... team also finished as runner-up at West Coast Christmas Jamboree (nation's largest high school tournament; fell by two points to Long Beach Poly in Platinum Division final) ... as sophomore in 2009-10, helped team to a 27-8 record while averaging 10.0 ppg., 4.2 rpg., 3.9 apg., and 2.3 spg., and shooting 48-percent from the field ... as freshman in 2008-09, contributed to 29-6 squad by averaging 9.0 ppg., 3.0 rpg., 3.0 apg. and 2.2 spg., with a 53-percent shooting accuracy from the field ... played alongside three current NCAA Division I players during her prep career - Erica Payne (Stanford), Ricki Radanovich (Santa Clara) and Erin Boettcher (Portland) ... played for high-powered East Bay Xplosion AAU team and coach Mark Anger, with most notable summer tournament title during her career coming at 2009 Deep South Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. ... AAU program has produced numerous other current/former NCAA Division I players including Appel, Courtney and Ashley Paris (Oklahoma), Jacki Gemelos (USC), Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma) and Alex Cowlings (Loyola Marymount).
AWARDS/HONORS: 2012 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) honorable mention All-American ... two-time Sporting News honorable mention All-American (2011, 2012) ... one of five finalists for 2012 ESPNHS/Cal-Hi Sports California Miss Basketball honors ... 2012 MaxPreps California Division II Player of the Year ... two-time NorCal Preps/Rivals.com Northern California Player of the Year (2011, 2012) ... two-time consensus all-state selection (2011, 2012) ... four-time first-team all-state choice in her class by ESPNHS/Cal-Hi Sports ... two-time first-team all-region pick by NorCal Preps/Rivals.com (2011, 2012) ... 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Metro Player of the Year ... two-time San Francisco Chronicle Contra Costa/Tri-Valley Player of the Year (2011, 2012) ... two-time San Francisco Chronicle first-team all-metro selection (2011, 2012) ... three-time Contra Costa Times All-East Bay honoree (first team in 2011 and 2012; third team in 2010) ... two-time East Bay Athletic League Most Valuable Player (2011, 2012) ... four-time all-EBAL choice (first team in 2010, 2011 and 2012; second team in 2009) ... ranked 27th by All-Star Girls Report ... ranked 52nd by ESPN Hoopgurlz ... ranked 63rd by Blue Star Basketball ... ranked 91st by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
PERSONAL DATA: Daughter of Kim and Lon Huffman ... has younger brother, Joe ... father, Lon, in a 1986 graduate of Notre Dame and played golf for the Fighting Irish for three seasons (1984-86) under head coach Noel O'Sullivan, helping Notre Dame win four tournaments and finish in top three at Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League) Championships all three years, including runner-up finish in 1986 ... seventh California resident to join the Notre Dame women's basketball program, and the first since 2007, when Rancho Cucamonga native Crystal Erwin graduated ... first full-time member of Fighting Irish from northern California since 1984, when Davis resident Dava Newman played for Notre Dame (although in 1997, student manager Christy Grady, a Lodi native, supplemented an injury-riddled Fighting Irish roster by suiting up for a handful of postseason games during Notre Dame's run to the NCAA Women's Final Four) ... currently enrolled in Notre Dame's unique First Year of Studies program ... some other Fighting Irish players who have worn No. 24 include Lindsay Schrader, Kathy Barron and Janice Crowe.