Notre Dame to face its second consecutive ranked opponent and eighth Top 25 team this season (7 p.m. ET on ESPN3/WatchESPN; live audio at WatchND).
OVERVIEW: 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 ... biggest contributions during her rookie season are likely to come at the defensive end of the floor as a rebounder and physical presence in the lane ... adds youth and depth to Fighting Irish front line.
2013 EUROPEAN TOUR: 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.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Buford High School in Buford, Ga., where she attended her final two years and was coached by Gene Durden ... spent her first two prep seasons at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Ga. ... 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 in 2011-12, 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 in 2010-11 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 (a 16-year NBA veteran who was originally drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1990 and also spent time with the Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks) ... helped Georgia ICE to the summer 2009 age-group state and national titles.
AWARDS/HONORS: 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.
Personal Data: Daughter of Nanette and Herb Nelson ... oldest of three children ... will be the third player from state of Georgia to play for Notre Dame, and the second in recent years following Atlanta guard Fraderica Miller (2008-12), who helped the Fighting Irish reach the 2011 and 2012 NCAA national championship games ... was member of high school's Student-Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) ... currently enrolled in Notre Dame's unique First Year of Studies program ... some other Fighting Irish players who have worn No. 5 include Jeneka Joyce and current junior guard Madison Cable, who wore it during her first season at Notre Dame (2011-12).