Versatile post player who meshes solid inside game with ability to face up and hit outside jumper ... strong with either hand and isn't afraid of contact ... one of team's top returning rebounders and will be counted on to provide steady and consistent presence in the paint this year ... formidable defender who matches up well and relies on excellent fundamentals ... has battled back from knee surgery last November that hampered her development in 2004-05 ... when healthy, she has capability to be one of the truly dominant posts, not only in the BIG EAST Conference, but nationally as well ... also will be looked upon to provide extensive leadership, having played pivotal role in Notre Dame's 69-28 record with two NCAA Sweet Sixteen berths (2003, 2004) during her career.
JUNIOR SEASON (2004-05):Led six players in double figures with 18 points (8-11 FG) and career-high tying five assists against Illinois State ... scored 11 points against Nebraska despite playing just 12 minutes with foul trouble ... chalked up first double-double of season (seventh of career) with 13 points and game-high 11 rebounds vs. No. 6 Duke ... had five rebounds and three blocks in Preseason WNIT championship game victory over No. 10/9 Ohio State ... picked up seven points and six rebounds in win over Colorado State ... logged two points and five rebounds before leaving with sprained ankle late in victory at USC ... underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Nov. 30 to repair torn meniscus in her left knee originally suffered in Duke contest (missed five games) ... returned to action Dec. 30 at Northern Illinois, scoring two points in nine minutes ... had six points and three rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench against Seton Hall ... contributed eight points and four rebounds vs. No. 16 Connecticut ... posted second double-double of year with 13 points (6-10 FG) and game-high 10 rebounds at Syracuse ... scored five of nine points vs. No. 6/7 Rutgers in final seven minutes (including go-ahead bucket) during Irish comeback victory ... turned in one of her best games since knee surgery with team-high 14 points (6-10 FG) in victory at No. 9/10 Connecticut ... added seven points and team-high four assists against No. 16/13 Boston College ... tallied game-high 17 points (7-11 FG) and added eight rebounds in victory at Pittsburgh ... returned to starting lineup at Providence, scoring 10 points (5-9 FG) and adding team-high three steals ... chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and two blocks at No. 10 Rutgers ... carded eight points and four rebounds against West Virginia ... scored 11 points in BIG EAST semifinal against No. 13/14 Connecticut ...dropped in 10 points (5-10 FG) and plucked seven rebounds in NCAA first-round victory vs. UC Santa Barbara (essentially her hometown college which had heavily recruited her) ...added eight points, three blocks and three steals in NCAA second-round loss to No. 24 Arizona State.
SOPHOMRE SEASON (2003-04):Appeared in all 32 games for the Irish, starting 17 times and averaging 22.2 minutes per outing ... led team and ranked fifth in BIG EAST in blocks (1.28 bpg.) ... third on team in scoring (8.6 ppg.), second in rebounding (4.5 rpg.) and fourth in steals (1.13 spg.) ... scored in double figures 13 times ... had one double-double ... collected eight points and five rebounds vs. Auburn ... posted 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks against Valparaiso ... tied for team-high honors with 12 points and shot .667 (6-9) from floor at Michigan State ... added eight points and game-high seven rebounds at Tennessee ... rang up season highs of 22 points (9-16 FG) and nine rebounds against Wisconsin, scoring 18 points in the second half ... nearly posted double-double at Washington with nine points and team-high nine rebounds ... pulled down game-high seven rebounds vs. Dayton ... carded career-high four steals against USC ... registered her fourth double-figure scoring game of the year with 16 points (6-11 FG) against Marquette ... logged six rebounds and season-high four blocks at Purdue ... played critical role in win over Connecticut, coming off bench to score 14 points (4-7 FG), including first three-pointer of year (second of career) in 33 minutes ... carded 10 points (4-8 FG) and four rebounds at West Virginia ... posted third straight double-digit game with 10 points (5-9 FG) at Syracuse ... tallied team-high 15 points (6-11 FG, 1-1 3FG) and three steals at Miami ... chalked up 11 points against Boston College ... collected 12 points (6-10 FG) and six rebounds vs. Providence ... knocked down six of seven shots (season-best .857 FG%) and finished with 13 points at Pittsburgh ... turned in repeat performance four nights later vs. Miami with 13 points on six of seven shooting -- also tied season high by swatting four shots ... returned to starting lineup at Rutgers and pulled down team-high seven rebounds ... ranked fifth in BIG EAST with 1.38 blocks per game during conference action ... scored eight points in BIG EAST quarterfinal vs. Rutgers ... registered first double-double of season in first round of NCAA tournament vs. Southwest Missouri State, with 11 points and career-high 13 rebounds, along with three assists and three blocks ... also scored two key baskets in overtime to help Irish ice victory ... had three blocked shots and two steals in NCAA second-round win vs. Middle Tennessee ... carded eight points and five rebounds (all offensive) in NCAA regional semifinal against Penn State.
FRESHMAN SEASON:Played in all 32 games for the Irish, starting 10 times, and averaging 22.6 minutes per outing ... ranked second on team in scoring (12.4 ppg.), rebounding (5.6 rpg.) and field goal percentage (.486) ... placed among Top 20 in BIG EAST in scoring, rebounding and double-doubles (5) ... also chipped in 0.84 blocks per game ... piled up 18 points (5-8 FG, 8-12 FT), seven rebounds and five assists in college debut vs. Cleveland State (most points by ND rookie in first game since Alicia Ratay's 18 vs. Toledo in '99) ... collected four rebounds at Valparaiso ... notched nine points and six rebounds at Arizona State ... registered 11 points and four rebounds at DePaul ... carded 16 points and nine rebounds vs. Temple ... scored game-high 20 points and snatched six rebounds vs. IPFW ... logged first career double-double with game highs of 17 points (6-11 FG) and 11 rebounds vs. Tennessee ... made first career start at Marquette, collecting second straight double-double (16 points, game-high 12 rebounds) and adding season-high five blocks ... notched third double-double in as many games with game highs of 23 points (8-11 FG) and 10 rebounds vs. Purdue (points were also season high) ... contributed 12 points (6-9 FG) and six rebounds vs. Miami ... posted fourth double-double at St. John's with 19 points (7-12 FG) and 10 rebounds ... posted game highs with season-best 23 points and nine rebounds vs. Rutgers ... collected 12 points and six rebounds vs. Connecticut ... came off bench to notch fifth double-double with 20 points and season-high 12 rebounds at Villanova -- also made 12-16 free throws, setting Notre Dame freshman record for free throws made ... carded eight points and team-high six rebounds at Virginia Tech ... contributed 13 points and canned first career three-point field goal in reserve role against St. John's ... added nine points at Providence ... booked 13 points at Connecticut ... registered team-high 14 points vs. Pittsburgh ... collected game-high 20 points vs. Seton Hall, including game-tying layup with 7.8 seconds remaining ... notched 10 points at Syracuse ... earned game-high scoring honors with 18 points (8-10 FG) in BIG EAST tourney opener vs. Pittsburgh ... added 12 points in BIG EAST quarterfinal vs. Villanova ... was major factor in Notre Dame's run to NCAA Sweet Sixteen, averaging 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in three-game stretch ... logged 15 points in NCAA first-round win over Arizona ... carded 14 points and team-high eight rebounds in NCAA second-round victory at Kansas State.
HIGH SCHOOL:Third-team Parade All-America selection ... also earned All-America status from WBCA, McDonald's, USA Today, Street & Smith's and Student Sports ... garnered Nike All-America honors following her junior and senior seasons ... participated in WBCA and McDonald's All-America games ... won McDonald's Team-Ball competition with fellow Notre Dame signee (and current senior) Torin Francis ... averaged 26.5 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game as a senior at Buena High School -- also shot 57 percent from the field and 71 percent from the foul line ... two-time all-state pick ... four-time all-city and all-conference selection ... named 2002 Ventura County Player of the Year and California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Co-Player of the Year ... finished high school career with 1,897 points (second in school history), 1,029 rebounds (third in school history) and 303 blocks (first in school history) ... also holds BHS single-game records for points (45) and blocks (9), as well as single-season marks for points (741), scoring average (26.5) and blocks (99) ... as a junior, helped lead her team to No. 1 ranking in USA Today Super 25 for much of the 2000-01 season ... named 1999 California Freshman of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports ... member of BHS student government her final two years, serving as senior class vice-president in 2001-02 ... graduated with 3.8 grade-point average.
PERSONAL DATA:Born Nov. 18, 1983 in Ventura, Calif. ... youngest of three children ... comes from an athletic family -- father Marty played basketball at the University of Redlands and brother Matt played volleyball at Pepperdine ... teams with junior Crystal Erwin as the two California natives on Irish roster (first since 1997) ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a double major in film, television & theater and computer applications ... spent summer of 2004 as an intern in the sports department at South Bend's NBC affiliate, WNDU-TV ... only the second Notre Dame player to wear No. 41, following Imani Dunbar.
2005 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team
2003 BIG EAST All-Rookie Team
BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (March 3, 2003)
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