Coaching, style of play & resources make Notre Dame pipeline to pros.
Notre Dame is first school with two different WNBA Rookie of the Month picks in consecutive months.
Former Irish All-America guard nabs second consecutive All-Star selection.
Diggins is Western Conference Player of the Month; Achonwa chosen as league’s Rookie of the Month.
Ninth-year Notre Dame assistant also continues as Fighting Irish recruiting coordinator.
Notre Dame has five former All-Americans currently playing in the WNBA, all chosen in the top 10 picks of the WNBA Draft.
Fighting Irish fall to top-ranked Huskies in national-title game for second year in a row, 63-53.
Notre Dame players and coaches prepare for the Final Four
A look at the 2014-15 women's basketball season
Notre Dame beats Baylor 77-68 to reach a fifth straight Final Four.
IN THE NOTRE DAME RECORD BOOK: Ranks fifth on Notre Dame's career scoring list with 1,909 points ... her 17.0 career points-per-game average is second-highest in school history behind current Fighting Irish associate coach Beth (Morgan) Cunningham (18.6 ppg. from 1993-97) ... holds the school record with seven career 30-point games ... ranks fifth with 35 career 20-point games ... stands seventh all-time at Notre Dame with 99 double-figure scoring games.
JUNIOR SEASON (2014-15): Fifth consensus first-team All-American in program history and first Notre Dame player to earn national player-of-the-year award (not specific to position or class) since Ruth Riley earned AP, Naismith and Sports Illustrated awards following 2000-01 season ... started all 39 games, scoring in double figures 38 times ... rang up 772 points to come within an eyelash of the school record (776) set by Katryna Gaither in 1996-97 ... averaged career highs of 19.8 points and 3.0 assists per game, plus 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game with two double-doubles ... led ACC with school record-tying 20 20-point games, while school-record four 30-point games likewise set the ACC standard ... ranked among the top 15 in the ACC in four statistical categories -- scoring (2nd - also 27th in nation), free-throw percentage (7th - career-best .826), assists (12th) and assist/turnover ratio (12th - 1.20) ... in conference play, finished fourth in the ACC in scoring (19.0 ppg.) and free-throw percentage (.829), as well as 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.16), 11th in assists (3.1 apg.) and 15th in steals (1.6 spg.) ... averaged 22.8 ppg., 6.3 rpg., 3.2 apg. and 1.7 spg. in 15 games against Top 25 teams (three 30-point games/11 20-point games) ... scored 600 points for second consecutive season, fourth player in school history to have two 600-point seasons (first since Skylar Diggins in 2011-12 and 2012-13) ... first Notre Dame player in program's 38-year history to score 20 points in eight of first 10 games of season ... first player in school history to record back-to-back 30-point games (Dec. 6 vs. #3 Connecticut - 31 pts., Dec. 10 at #25 DePaul - 41 pts.) ... became the first Fighting Irish player since Charel Allen (Feb. 11-17, 2007) to tally three consecutive 25-point games (Dec. 3-10, 2014) ... needed only 19 minutes to score 20 points (5-6 FG, 10-11 FT) in season opener against UMass Lowell ... also shared game-high honors with five assists ... recorded seventh career double-double with game-high 28 points and team-best 11 rebounds at #15/17 Michigan State; also had game highs in free-throws (8) and field-goal attempts (25), while tying for game-high honors in field goals made (10) ... had balanced effort against Holy Cross with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists ... tallied game-high 23 points (8-12 FG), five rebounds and three steals in 20 minutes against Quinnipiac ... scored game-high 23 points (8-11 FG, 6-7 FT) in 23 minutes against Kansas ... led the way against #15/10 Maryland with her third "5-5-5" outing of the season (eighth of career), posting game highs of 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, the latter tying her career high ... tied then-career highs (and posted game bests) with 31 points and four steals against #3 Connecticut; scored 15 points (5-5 FG, 3-3 3FG) in opening 9:47 as Irish jumped out to early 10-point lead ... tied school record for points in a game with a gutty, 41-point effort at #25 DePaul, including 15 of 18 from the free-throw line; sent game to overtime with a pair of free-throws with 13.5 seconds left in regulation, then made two game-winning foul shots with 5.3 seconds left in overtime; added season-high 12 rebounds for second double-double of year; highest scoring game by ACC player in 2014-15 and tied for 11th-highest in nation (one of 17 40-point games in Division I) ... despite cold shooting day (5-17 FG) at UCLA, turned in fourth "5-5-5" game of the year with 12 points, seven rebounds and a game- and career-high seven assists ... scored game-high 20 points (6-15 FG, 8-9 FT) and added team high-tying six rebounds in ACC opener against Florida State; had eight points in final three minutes, including old-fashioned three-point play on putback with 1:58 left, to seal Irish victory ... totaled game-high 25 points (9-15 FG, 2-3 3FG, 5-6 FT) and shared game-high honors with six assists, while adding four rebounds, career high-tying four steals and two blocks at #21/22 Syracuse ... scored team-high 27 points (18 in second half) at Miami, along with seven rebounds and two steals ... solid all-around effort against Boston College included 11 points, four assists, game-high three steals and three rebounds in 21 minutes ... despite fighting illness, managed eight points, six assists, three steals and two blocks at #12/10 North Carolina; ended 60-game streak scoring in double figures (March 12, 2013-Jan. 11, 2015), the second-longest run in program history ... recorded sixth 30-point outing of career with game-high 34 points (13-23 FG), plus five rebounds and four assists against #5/6 Tennessee; registered third-most points by Notre Dame player in Purcell Pavilion history, and most since Feb. 22, 2000 (Ruth Riley - 36 vs. Miami) ... turned in impressive effort against Georgia Tech with game-high 29 points (10-17 FG, 9-9 FT) and career high-tying seven assists; free-throw shooting percentage also was career best ... efficient game at Clemson featured game-high 17 points (6-7 FG; made final five shots after missing 3FG 4:16 into game) and eight rebounds in only 24 minutes ... scored 16 points (14 in the first half) and grabbed four rebounds at Virginia Tech ... totaled team-high 20 points, four rebounds and three assists against Wake Forest ... found alternate ways to contribute during cold shooting night (4-15 FG) against Virginia by scoring 14 points (6-8 FT) and dishing out four assists; also scored 500th point of season in 24th game, the fastest player to reach 500-point mark in a season in school history (Katryna Gaither needed 26 games in 1996-97) ... packed stat sheet at Boston College with 13 points, career-high five steals, four assists and four rebounds ... turned in balanced night in win over #10/11 Duke with game-high 21 points (career high-tying 4-8 3FG), six rebounds, game-high five assists and two steals ... put team on her back at Georgia Tech with game-high 31 points (10-22 FG, 10-11 FT); scored 23 points in second half en route to school-record fourth 30-point game of season and seventh of career in 100th career game; resulted in fourth ACC Player of the Week award of season, matching school record for conference player-of-the-week honors in one year (Jacqueline Batteast in 2004-05 while in BIG EAST) ... delivered efficient performance in victory over #8/7 Louisville, scoring game-high 20 points (6-12 FG) and grabbing seven rebounds; started for 100th time in her career ... led balanced attack on Senior Night against Pittsburgh with 16 points and five assists (one turnover) ... tied for game-high honors with 16 points (plus team high-tying five rebounds) in regular-season finale at N.C. State ... opened ACC Tournament with 16 points (2-2 3FG), eight rebounds and two steals in quarterfinal win over Miami ... delivered game-high 21 points (including 13 of Notre Dame's last 17 points in final 10:17), eight rebounds and three assists in ACC Tournament semifinals against #16 Duke ... locked up second consecutive ACC Tournament MVP award and All-ACC Tournament First Team accolades with game-high 18 points, seven rebounds and two steals in championship game victory over #7/6 Florida State; only second Notre Dame player ever to earn two conference tournament MVP award (Krissi Davis in Midwestern Collegiate Conference in 1989 and 1991) and just the seventh ACC player to do so (first since Duke's Jasmine Thomas in 2010 and 2011) ... scored game-high 18 points (9-14 FG) and added four assists in NCAA first-round win over Montana ... had tough shooting night in NCAA second-round win over DePaul, but still finished with 10 points (3-15 FG, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, three assists and game-high three steals ... rang up 21 points (17 in second half), six rebounds and game high-tying three steals in NCAA Sweet 16 win over #14/17 Stanford ... contributed 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists in NCAA Elite Eight win over #5/6 Baylor ... scored game-high 22 points along with five rebounds and three assists in NCAA Final Four win over #3/4 South Carolina ... collected 12 points and five rebounds in NCAA national championship game against #1 UConn.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013-14): Started all 37 games she played in, scoring in double figures in each game (tying Katryna Gaither's single-season school record) ... 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.
PREP 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, 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); 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: Earned gold medal as member of 2014 USA Basketball 3x3 World Championship Team that posted 9-0 record and took top honors at FIBA 3x3 World Championships in Moscow, Russia ... was second-leading scorer among all players in 24-team tournament at 7.3 ppg. ... added bronze medal in 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championship Skills Challenge ... 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 ... 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 the 2014-15 Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) ... elected to forego senior season at Notre Dame to enter 2015 WNBA Draft (based on league rule allowing players to declare for draft if they will turn 22 during the calendar year of the same season they enter draft).
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