Women's Basketball



Notre Dame vs. Stanford (NCAA Elite Eight)

The top-seeded Fighting Irish fall 76-75 in the closing seconds against No. 2 seed Stanford.


Sweet 16: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State

Fighting Irish advance to Elite Eight with 99-76 victory over the Buckeyes


No. 8 Notre Dame vs. UVA

No. 8 Notre Dame vs. UVA January 29, 2017


No. 6 Notre Dame 86, Pitt 54

The Fighting Irish defeat Pitt, on January 12, 2017.


No. 2 Notre Dame 79, Chattanooga 58

The Fighting Irish top Chattanooga, on December 27, 2016.



  • ACC Academic Honor Roll


  • Nicknamed "Koko"
  • Has shown significant growth in all facets of her game during past two years and emerged as a reliable reserve in Notre Dame's post rotation 
  • Powerful player on the blocks
  • Has good size and footwork, part of solid fundamental base
  • Also has soft hands and finishes well around the basket, particularly with contact 
  • Keeps defenses honest with a jumper that extends to foul line and beyond
  • Adds another layer of depth to already-strong Notre Dame second platoon 
  • Has two years of athletic eligibility remaining

SENIOR SEASON (2016-17):

  • Made an appearance in 34 games
  • Averaged 11.4 minutes per contest
  • Had a free throw percentage of .618
  • Collected a career-high nine rebounds and two steals in the team’s season opener versus Central Michigan on 11/11/16
  • Flirted with a double-double against Fordham in the Preseason WNIT on 11/14/17 notching 9 points and 7 rebounds
  • Recorded nine five-plus rebound games this season and 14 such games in her career
  • Played a season-high 24 minutes against Valparaiso
  • Surpassed her 2015-16 rebound total (73) with four rebounds in the team’s win at UNC on 1/22/17
  • Saw her first double digit points total (13) against Pittsburgh on 1/12/17
  • Topped her career high points by scoring 13 points against Pittsburgh while making a career high 7 free throws
  • Contributed to a close 84-80 victory at Clemson where she scored 8 points
  • Went 4-6 from the field, knocking down 8 points in NCAA Tournament victory over Robert Morris on 3/17/17

JUNIOR SEASON (2015-16):

  • Appeared in 31 games,
  • Averaged career highs of 2.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game 
  • Scored in double figures twice
  • Saw first official game action in 20 months in season opener against Bucknell, posting two points and (at the time) career high-tying four rebounds
  • Tallied four points (2-2 FG) and three rebounds in win over Toledo
  • Scored in double figures for the first time in her career during victory at Valparaiso with career-high 10 points (4-5 FG) in 15 minutes
  • Finished with nine points (4-9 FG) and three rebounds in career-high 16 minutes in the Junkanoo Jam Opener vs. Denver
  • Registered six points, career-high five rebounds and career high-tying two assists at Saint Joseph's 
  • Scored eight points and matched career highs for rebounds (5), assists (2) and steals (1) in victory over North Carolina
  • Tied career high with 10 points (5-6 FG) and grabbed four rebounds in victory at Wake Forest
  • Played important role in win at No. 12/9 Florida State with two rebounds and blocked shot in 13 minutes 
  • Scored four points (2-3 FG) in regular-season finale against Boston College
  • Sparkled in ACC Tournament quarterfinal win over Duke, finishing with eight points (3-3 FG) and career-high six rebounds in 14 minutes 
  • Logged four points, four rebounds and two assists in NCAA Championship first-round victory over North Carolina A&T
  • Played pivotal role in NCAA Sweet 16 game against No. 13/16 Stanford with eight points (4-6 FG) in nine minutes


  • Did not play while recovering from shoulder surgery during summer of 2014


  • Played in 32 games, averaging 2.0 points and 0.9 rebounds per contest
  • Ranked second on team with .560 field-goal percentage 
  • Made solid college debut in opener against UNC Wilmington with nine points (4-5 FG) and four rebounds
  • Contributed six points (3-4 FG) and three rebounds against Valparaiso
  • Scored four points and blocked two shots (first of her career) against UCLA
  • Handed out season-high two assists at Michigan
  • Totaled six points (3-4 FG) against Central Michigan 
  • Added eight points (3-4 FG) against South Dakota State
  • Scored six points and had two rebounds against Boston College
  • Tallied four points (2-4 FG), two rebounds and an assist at Pittsburgh
  • Totaled five points (2-4 FG) and two rebounds against Virginia Tech
  • Collected two points and two rebounds against Syracuse
  • Made only shot (two points) in win against No. 14/11 North Carolina
  • Grabbed two rebounds in regular season finale at No. 13/17 North Carolina State
  • Scored first postseason points of career with basket (and assist) in ACC quarterfinal win over Florida State 
  • Had two points (1-1 FG) and a blocked shot in NCAA Tournament debut (first-round win over Robert Morris).


  • Played in all three games, averaging 2.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest
  • Tallied six points and seven rebounds in tour-opening win over Barking Abbey


  • Graduated from Buford High School in Buford, Georgia, where she attended her final two years
  • Spent her first two prep seasons at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Georgia
  • Combined career per-game statistical averages of 13.1 points and 6.4 rebounds
  • Saw limited action as a senior due to shoulder injury
  • As a junior, was instrumental in Buford's run to the Georgia Class 2A state championship game and regional title with a 22-8 record, averaging 10.6 ppg. and 6.0 rpg.
  • As a sophomore at GACS, helped her team to a spot in the Class 2A title contest and a 17-7 record while averaging 15.5 ppg. and 6.8 rpg.
  • Also helped GACS to 20-5 record, Class 2A state semifinals and a regional championship as a freshman in 2009-10, when she logged her career scoring high (28 points)
  • Experienced great deal of success on the AAU circuit with Georgia ICE and head coach Antonio Davis
  • Helped Georgia ICE to the summer 2009 age-group state and national titles


  • 2012 Associated Press honorable mention all-state pick 
  • Three-time all-region/metro choice (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Ranked No. 32 in Class of 2013 by Peach State Basketball/JumpOffPlus 
  • Ranked No. 39 by ESPN Hoopgurlz 
  • Ranked No. 44 by Blue Star Basketball
  • Ranked No. 48 by All-Star Girls Report


  • Daughter of Nanette and Herb Nelson 
  • Oldest of three children
  • Was member of high school's Student-Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) 
  • Attended same high school as Notre Dame quarterback Montgomery VanGorder (son of Fighting Irish defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder)
  • Currently enrolled in Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters as a design major (visual communication design concentration) 
  • Earned spot on 2014-15 ACC Academic Honor Roll 
  • Wore No. 5 as a freshman, but switched to No. 21 prior to the 2014-15 season in honor of her late brother, Jeremy 


Kristina Nelson
Kristina  Nelson

Graduate Student

Buford, Ga.

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