NCAA Womens Basketball: Notre Dame at Syracuse (USATSI)
CAREER HONORS 2014: AP All-America Second Team ... USBWA All-America Team ... WBCA Coaches' All-America Team ... espnW All-America Second Team ... Full Court Press All-America Second Team ... WBCA Wade Trophy Finalist ... Wooden Award Finalist ... Naismith Trophy Semifinalist ... WBCA Coaches' All-Region II Team ... NCAA Notre Dame Regional Most Valuable Player ... ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player ... All-ACC First Team (Blue Ribbon Panel/Coaches) ...All-ACC Defensive Team (Coaches) ...NCAA Women's Final Four All-Tournament Team ... NCAA Notre Dame Regional All-Tournament Team ... All-ACC Tournament First Team ... espnW National Player of the Week (Feb. 24) ... ACC Player of the Week (Feb. 24) 2013: USBWA National Freshman of the Year ... BIG EAST Freshman of the Year ... Honorable Mention All-BIG EAST ... BIG EAST All-Freshman Team (unanimous) ... BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team ... BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Nov. 26, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 25).
Overview: One of nation's top young talents and its best perimeter player ... never satisfied with performance and always working to further develop her game ... tremendous overall skill set ... athletic and fluid with the basketball, allowing her to blend seamlessly into Notre Dame's half-court or transition offense ... dangerous at the defensive end, with long arms and strong court awareness ... exceptional leaper makes her an asset in rebounding column ... creative and skilled with a scorer's mentality ... someone who can attack the rim or make opponents pay from long distance ... excellent vision as a passer ... calm demeanor helps her remain focused in pressure situations, with some of her best games coming on the biggest stages.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013-14): Started all 37 games she played in, scoring in double figures in each game (tying Katryna Gaither's ND single-season record; streak of 43 in a row, dating back to 2012-13, is second-longest in program history, and longest since 1996-97) ... averaged team-high 18.6 points, plus 6.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and team-high 1.6 steals per game with 13 20-point games, team-high three 30-point games and five double-doubles (all at or near career highs) ... ranked sixth in ACC in scoring, eighth in free throw percentage (.808), 10th in field goal percentage (.517), 13th in steals and 17th in rebounding ... ranked among top 10 on school's single-season lists for double-figure scoring games (tied-1st), consecutive double-figure scoring games in same season (1st), 30-point games (tied-1st), field goals made (2nd), points (3rd), field goals attempted (4th), double-doubles by a guard (tied-4th) and scoring average (7th) ... set ND record for most combined points by a player in first two seasons (1,137), topping Skylar Diggins' mark from 2009-11 (1,069) ... started off on right foot with second career double-double against UNC Wilmington, scoring 19 points (8-11 FG) and grabbing 11 rebounds, along with career-high three blocks in 21 minutes ... had third career 20-point game with a game-high 22 points against No. 19/18 Michigan State ... just missed third double-double and second in two games with nine boards ... also had four assists and career high-tying three steals ... posted game-high 22 points (9-14 FG) vs. Valparaiso ... 63 points in first three games most for ND player since '98 (Danielle Green - 66) ... solid performance against Duquesne with 16 points (8-12 FG), three rebounds, three assists and three steals in just 22 minutes ... strong at both ends of court in win at No. 10/11 Penn State, chipping in 17 points and eight rebounds ... tied career high with 10 made field goals at Michigan (20 pts, 10-14 FG) while adding four rebounds and three assists ... had one of best games of career against Central Michigan, registering second double-double of season with (then) career-high 30 points (on career-best 12-15 FG) and season high-tying 11 rebounds ... shared game-high scoring honors in team's ACC debut against Clemson with 16 points, while grabbing six rebounds ... strong and efficient at Pittsburgh with game-high 20 points (9-12 FG), career high-tying four steals and three assists ... dodged foul trouble to drop in 11 points (5-10 FG) at No. 11/10 Tennessee before suffering sprained knee (DNP vs. Miami) ... blistered nets in career performance at No. 8/6 Maryland with career-high 31 points and six assists, along with seven rebounds and two steals; tied career highs in made field goals (12) and attempted field goals (20) and set new career highs in free throws made (7) and attempted (8) ... turned in impressive all-around effort at No. 3 Duke, totaling 17 points (7-11 FG, 2-3 3FG), six rebounds, game-high five assists, career high-tying four steals and two blocks ... piled up 18 points (7-13 FG) and five rebounds at Florida State ... dismantled Syracuse with game-high 23 points (9-11 FG, 2-3 3FG), four rebounds and two steals in only 18 minutes ... chalked up 18 points (9-14 FG), team-high five rebounds, three assists and two steals at Boston College ... rang up game-high 27 points (11-17 FG, 2-2 3FG, 3-4 FT) and added nine rebounds against Georgia Tech ... posted third double-double of season at Wake Forest with game highs of 29 points (9-17 FG, career-high 10-12 FT) and 10 rebounds ... turned in third consecutive 20-point outing (fourth in five games) in rematch against No. 7 Duke, finishing with 21 points and making seven of her last 13 shots ... picked up fourth double-double of season in win over No. 14/11 North Carolina with 12 points and game-high 10 rebounds ... totaled 18 points (7-10 FG) and five rebounds at No. 13/17 N.C. State ... led team with 17 points (6-9 FG) and five rebounds in ACC quarterfinal victory over Florida State ... rang up 16 points (8-8 FT) and six rebounds in ACC semifinal win over No. 14/17 N.C. State ... sensational in ACC title game win over No. 10 Duke with game-high 26 points (10-16 FG), team-best seven rebounds and game-high three steals; scored 1,000th career point on first basket of game with 12:12 left in first half, becoming third ND player to hit milestone as sophomore (Morgan/Diggins), and third-fastest to do so overall (67 career games; Morgan and Matvey did so faster) ... named ACC Tournament MVP after averaging 19.7 points and 6.0 rebounds with .571 field goal percentage in three games ... first ND sophomore to be conference tournament MVP since 1989 (Krissi Davis - Midwestern Collegiate Conference) ... had 15 points (7-11 FG) and seven rebounds in NCAA first-round win over Robert Morris ... did bit of everything in NCAA second round vs. Arizona State with 19 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks ... piled up fifth double-double of season in NCAA Sweet 16 win over No. 21/18 Oklahoma State with 20 points (9-16 FG) and game-high (season-best) 12 rebounds, plus game-high three steals ... carried team to NCAA Elite Eight win over No. 5/6 Baylor with 30 points (career-high 12-27 FG) and five rebounds ... earned NCAA Notre Dame Regional MVP honors, second ND sophomore to be so honored (Diggins - 2011 Dayton Regional) ... posted near double-double in NCAA national semifinal victory vs. No. 11/9 Maryland with 16 points (6-11 FG) and nine rebounds ... canned pair of three-pointers to help spark first-half rally in NCAA national championship game vs. No. 1 Connecticut, ending up with 13 points and six rebounds to make Final Four All-Tournament Team.
2013 EUROPEAN TOUR: Traveled to Europe, but did not play in any of three games after suffering high ankle sprain in one of final practices before tour.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012-13): Played in 36 games (starting 35), averaging 12.5 ppg., 5.2 rpg. and 2.1 apg. ... scored in double figures 24 times with one double-double and three "5-5-5" games ...ranked among BIG EAST leaders in free throw percentage (3rd - .820), offensive rebounds (10th - 2.6 orpg.), field goal percentage (.447) and scoring (25th) ... would have been second in conference in three-point percentage (.413), but wound up short of minimum of made three-pointers per game (1.0 3FGM/game) ... earned starting assignment in college debut at Carrier Classic against No. 19/21 Ohio State, finishing with five points and game-high 12 rebounds (most rebounds for Notre Dame player/freshman in season opener since 2005/Lindsay Schrader vs. Michigan) ... collected 13 points, four assists and two steals in home opener against UMass ... came off the bench against Mercer and sparkled in reserve role, tallying 19 points (8-10 FG), six rebounds and five assists in just 19 minutes ...back in the lineup at No. 19/22 UCLA and led the Fighting Irish to victory with team-high 19 points (8-12 FG, 2-3 3FG), seven rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes ... erupted for game-high 24 points and team-best seven rebounds against No. 3 Baylor, connecting on season-high 4-of-5 three-pointers (made her first four treys before missing on final try with 14 seconds left); scored most points by ND rookie against ranked team since 1/26/02 (Jacqueline Batteast - 26 vs. No. 16/17 Virginia Tech) and most by ND frosh against AP top-10 team since 2/19/00 (Alicia Ratay - 26 at No. 8/11 Rutgers) ... piled up 15 points, four rebounds and three steals against Utah State ...scored nine points, grabbed three rebounds and had career-high two blocks in just 19 minutes against Alabama A&M ...had productive game in a career-high 37 minutes of action against No. 22 Texas A&M, tallying 15 points, seven rebounds and two steals against the Aggies, including 11 points in the first half to help Irish erase early eight-point deficit ...had 13 points (6-6 FG, 1-1 3FG) and five rebounds in 14 minutes against Saint Francis (Pa.) -- shooting performance was one made field goal away from qualifying for school record books (and tying school record for the best shooting day by a Fighting Irish freshman) ... made important contribution in BIG EAST debut at No. 1 Connecticut with 10 points and five rebounds, including pair of layups in final eight minutes as Notre Dame earned first-ever road win over a top-ranked opponent ...posted first career double-double in overtime win at South Florida, tallying 18 points (12 in second half/overtime) and career-high 13 rebounds in 44 minutes; also matched personal high with three steals ...had efficient 14-point (6-8 FG, 2-2 3FG), five-rebound effort against Rutgers ... scored 14 points and added two steals against Georgetown ...turned in solid 14-point night at Pittsburgh, converting 6-of-11 shots (including 6-of-8 inside the arc) ... chipped in on the road at No. 9 Tennessee, scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds ... contributed balanced night at Villanova with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals ... tallied third "5-5-5" game of season (and nearly had second double-double) against No. 10/11 Louisville with 12 points, nine rebounds and career high-tying five assists ... had team-high 19 points (8-15 FG, 2-4 3FG) at DePaul ... missed first game of college career at Providence with concussion-like symptoms ...returned to lineup for regular-season finale against No. 3 Connecticut, playing career-high 54 minutes in triple-overtime win while collecting six points, six rebounds and team-high four assists; was clutch in third overtime, giving Irish lead for good on short jumper with 2:50 left, followed by two free throws 53 seconds later as part of 11-0 run that sealed win ...scored 14 points (4-9 FG, 5-6 FT), dished out four assists and grabbed three rebounds in BIG EAST Championship debut, a quarterfinal win over South Florida ... earned her spot on BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team by scoring 16 points (6-12 FG, 2-4 3FG) and collecting six rebounds in title-game win at No. 3 Connecticut; became just second ND freshman to make the BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team and first since Skylar Diggins in 2010 ...rang up career-high 27 points (career-high 10-15 FG, 6-6 FT) and six rebounds in NCAA Championship debut, a first-round win over Tennessee-Martin; point total was most by Notre Dame freshman in first NCAA tournament game since 2006 (Lindsay Schrader - 29 vs. Boston College) ...came back to post 14 points (5-11 FG, 2-3 3FG), three rebounds and three assists in NCAA second-round win at Iowa ...was sharp shooting from field in NCAA Sweet 16 win over Kansas, scoring 15 points (6-8 FG, 1-1 3FG, 2-2 FT) while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out three assists ... continued impressive NCAA postseason run with 17 points and and eight rebounds in NCAA Elite Eight win over No. 5 Duke ... tallied 11 points and six rebounds in NCAA Women's Final Four semifinal game against No. 3 Connecticut ... averaged 16.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game with .485 field goal percentage (32-of-66) and .545 three-point efficiency (6-of-11) in NCAA Championship.
High School: Graduated from Niles West High School in Skokie, Ill., where she was a four-year starter (combined record of 93-31, .750) for head coach Tony Konsewicz ... prior to her arrival, school had not won sectional title since 1981, conference title since 1985 and regional crown since 1998 -- during her prep career, Niles West won three regional championships, two conference titles and one sectional crown ... career per-game statistical averages of 24.8 points, 11.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.2 blocks (along with 46 double-doubles in her final 62 games) ... only player in Illinois girls' high school basketball history (dating back to first sanctioned season in 1976-77) to rank among the top 12 for both career points (3,077 - 7th) and rebounds (1,478 - 12th), while also placing 18th in state history with 275 career blocks ... just the third Illinois prep player since 1993 to score 3,000 points, and only the second Chicagoland player ever to reach that milestone (Pam Gant from 1977-81) ... holds school records in virtually all game, season and career categories ... as a senior in 2011-12, sparked Niles West to 22-9 record and Illinois Class 4A regional title ... averaged 26.9 ppg., 12.7 rpg. and 3.8 spg., with 22 double-doubles while shooting 50-percent from the field and 39-percent from the three-point line ... scored career-high 50 points (with 10 three-pointers; tied for fifth-most in a game in state history) against Maine West ... as a junior in 2010-11, helped Niles West to another 22-9 record and a spot in 4A sectional final ... averaged 30.1 ppg., 15.0 rpg., 4.5 spg., 4.1 apg. and 3.2 bpg., while registering 24 double-doubles (including one triple-double) and shooting 53-percent from the field ... had five 40-point games as a junior, including season-high 46 points against St. Francis ... as a sophomore in 2009-10, sparked team to 27-6 record and trip to Class 4A Elite Eight (supersectionals), as well as a share of school's first Central Suburban League (CSL) title since 1985 ... averaged 22.8 ppg., 12.2 rpg., 3.6 apg., 2.1 spg. and 2.0 bpg. ... as a freshman in 2008-09, paced team to 22-7 record and berth in Class 4A regional final ... averaged 19.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg., 3.0 bpg. and 2.0 spg. ... has been standout on the AAU circuit, playing for Midwest Elite (formerly Full Package) and coach Ralph Gesualdo (the same AAU program and coach that produced current Notre Dame junior guard Whitney Holloway) ... helped AAU teams to 189-10 record in her career, with per-game statistical averages of 24.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 4.3 steals and 3.0 blocks ... led Midwest Elite to four titles during summer 2010 AAU season -- U.S. Junior Nationals in Washington, D.C., USJN Mid-America Challenge (Champaign, Ill.), USJN Premier Invitational (Cincinnati, Ohio) and USJN Summer Final (Chicago) ... team also finished as runner-up at Nike Summer Showcase in Chicago.
AWARDS/HONORS: Finalist for 2012 Naismith National High School Player of the Year award ... consensus high school All-America selection in 2012, earning top honors from McDonald's, Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), Parade and MaxPreps ... collected Most Valuable Player honors at 2012 WBCA High School All-America Game after registering game highs of 18 points (6-10 FG) and eight rebounds for the victorious White Team; joined Skylar Diggins (2009) as Notre Dame signees who earned MVP honors at the WBCA All-America Game ... garnered 2012 Illinois Player of the Year accolades from ESPNChicago.com and Champaign News-Gazette ... first runner-up for 2012 Illinois Miss Basketball honors ... MaxPreps honorable mention All-American (2011) ... ESPN/RISE Magazine Underclass All-American (2010) ... four-time all-state selection (2010, 2011, 2012 - first team; 2009 - second team, one of only two freshmen on the squad) ... four-time all-area pick (2009-12) ... Chicago Tribune Fabulous Freshman list (2009) ... four-time first-team all-conference choice (2009-12) ... attended Nike Skills Academy (2009) ... ranked No. 3 in Class of 2012 by Blue Star Basketball, All-Star Girls Report and Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ... ranked No. 4 by ESPN Hoopgurlz ... also was two-time all-state selection in tennis during first two prep seasons, playing primarily doubles (in 2010, was part of first Niles West HS team to reach Illinois state championships in nine years); also won several youth-level tennis tournaments, beginning at age 10, before turning attention to basketball full-time after sophomore year of high school.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Member of 2010 USA Basketball Under-17 World Championship Team that went 8-0 and captured the gold medal at the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championships in Toulouse, France ... averaged 8.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting .460 from the field and .353 from the three-point line ... also participated in 2009 USA Basketball U16 National Team Trials.
Personal Data: Daughter of Gwendolyn Davis-Loyd and Calvin Loyd ... older brother, Jarryd, played professional basketball overseas after standout college career at Valparaiso University from 2004-08 ... one of 15 players from state of Illinois to suit up for Notre Dame, and the 14th to come from the Chicagoland area, a list that also includes senior guard Whitney Holloway (Plainfield/Montini Catholic HS) and sophomore center Diamond Thompson (Wheaton/Wheaton Warrenville South) ... off the court, she enjoys playing tennis and the piano, cooking and watching soccer ... currently enrolled in Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters as a film, television and theater major ... earned spot on 2013-14 ACC Academic Honor Roll ... one of three team representatives on this year's Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) along with senior guard Whitney Holloway and junior guard Michaela Mabrey ... some other Fighting Irish players who have worn No. 32 include Becca Bruszewski, Julie Henderson and Comalita Haysbert.