Notre Dame faces former BIG EAST rival for fourth consecutive year at Final Four, and fifth overall (8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN; listen on Michiana's Pulse FM or nationwide on Westwood One/NCAA Radio Network).
Notre Dame defeats Oklahoma State, 89-72, in the NCAA Tournament
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: Smooth-shooting wing player with 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 ... 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 ... should play a significant role in the Fighting Irish rotation this season.
2013 EUROPEAN TOUR:raveled 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 sophomore 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: One of five finalists 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 senior guard 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 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.
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 ... has older brother, Jarryd, who currently is playing professional basketball overseas after standout college career at Valparaiso University from 2004-08 ... the 14th player from state of Illinois to suit up for Notre Dame, and the 13th to come from the Chicagoland area, a list that also includes senior guard Kaila Turner (Joliet/Marian Catholic HS) and sophomore guard Whitney Holloway (Plainfield/Montini Catholic HS) ... off the court, she enjoys playing the piano and cooking and loves soccer ... currently enrolled in Notre Dame's unique First Year of Studies program ... some other Fighting Irish players who have worn No. 32 include Becca Bruszewski, Julie Henderson and