Women's Basketball



NCAA National Championship: ND WBB 61, Mississippi State 58 (USATSI)

For the second time in program history, the Notre Dame women's basketball team are your NCAA National Champions.


NCAA Elite Eight: ND WBB vs. Oregon (USATSI)

The Fighting Irish take on the Ducks in the Spokane Regional Final with a trip to the Women's Final Four on the line.

• Became the third walk-on for the Irish for the 2017-18 season.
• Made 13 appearances on the year.
• Reeled in a rebound in last three appearance and in five of the last six.
• Earned her first collegiate points by sinking a three vs UNC on Feb. 1.
• Grabbed a career best two rebounds vs Clemson on Jan. 21. Tied that mark with two boards vs Virginia Tech on Feb. 22. 
• Played in her first collegiate game for the Irish at Georgia Tech on Jan. 7, checking-in in the final minute.


  • Attended William S. Hart High School
  • Lettered four years on the varsity basketball team
  • Led the Indians to the California Interscholastic Federation semis and were Foothill League runner-ups in her sophomore season, achieving a 23-8 record
  • Finished in third place in the Foothill League all other seasons
  • Was named All-CIF Second Team as a junior
  • All-Santa Clarita Valley First Team as a junior and senior
  • All-Foothill League First Team as a senior
  • Team captain in both her junior and senior year campaigns
  • Achieved a career high 25 points during her junior season
  • Highlight of prep career was defeating Buena on the road in the playoffs in her senior year
  • Also played travel basketball for Triple Threat
  • Editor in Chief of The Smoke Signal (school newspaper), Key Club President, National Honor Society Vice President and Girl Scout Gold Award recipient


  • Daughter of John & Nancy Benz
  • Oldest of three siblings
  • Enjoys reading in her spare time
  • Loves to go wakeboarding and camping in the summertime
  • Majoring in Engineering

Nicole Benz
Nicole  Benz


Valencia, Calif.

High School:
William S. Hart




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