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    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Macy, Ind.

    High School:
    North Miami

    Height:
    6-5

    Position:
    Center


    09/18/2014

    Ruth Riley Selected as One of 2014 Junior Chamber International Ten Outstanding Young Persons Of The World

    Former Notre Dame All-America women's basketball player honored for her humanitarian work.

    09/12/2014

    From The Hardwood: Diggins, McBride Wearing Stars & Stripes

    Former Notre Dame All-Americans competing for spots on 2014 USA Basketball World Championship Team roster.

    08/28/2014

    From The Hardwood: Irish Earning Awards In WNBA

    Diggins, McBride cop season-ending awards before heading to USA Basketball Senior National Team camp next month.

    08/07/2014

    Katie Schwab Fundraiser Scheduled For Sunday

    Numerous autographed items, game tickets and more to be auctioned in support of ailing Irish women's basketball staffer.

    07/08/2014

    Diggins Named Starter For 2014 WNBA All-Star Game

    Former Notre Dame All-America guard is first Fighting Irish All-Star pick since 2005.

    Riley's Olympics Bio
    Honors and Awards

    AS A SENIOR: Named Most Outstanding Player of Final Four as she scored 46 points and had 20 rebounds to lead Notre Dame to its first NCAA national championship ... made two free throws with 5.8 seconds left for winning points in 68-66 victory over Purdue ... had her 10th double-double of season vs. Boilermakers with 28 points and 13 rebounds ... finished tournament with 139 points, third most in history ... first Notre Dame player to win Naismith Women's College Player of the Year ... presented the award by Atlanta Tipoff Club at an April 7 banquet in Atlanta ... unanimous Associated Press first-team All-America pick ... only player placed on first-team ballot of all 39 members of national media panel ... named player of the year by Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Women and Women's Basketball Journal ... third player in Notre Dame women's basketball history to reach the 2,000-point plateau and first to reach 1,000 rebounds ... named Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Regional as she averaged 28.0 points and 10.0 rebounds ... scored a season-high 32 points in championship game versus Vanderbilt ... recorded her ninth double-double of the season against Utah in semifinal matchup scoring 24 points and grabbing 14 boards ... named Verizon Women's Basketball Academic All-American of the Year ... also voted to Verizon Women's Basketball Academic All-America first team for second consecutive year ... named BIG EAST Player of the Year -- the first Irish player to be so honored ... also voted BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year for third consecutive season ... honored by the conference as the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, becoming the first player to sweep all three awards ... selected from all BIG EAST sports as the Conference's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... selected to first-team All-America and first-team defensive All-America lists by Women's Basketball Journal ... an imposing inside player, she had the ability to dominate both ends of the floor ... intelligent player who worked hard to improve all facets of her game ... the tallest player in Notre Dame women's basketball history, she was extremely mobile, moving well around the basket with a soft shooting touch ... Irish career blocked shots leader with 370 ... a consistent shooter from the field, she owns the Irish career field-goal percentage mark at .632 ... a player with international experience, she was a member of the 1999 USA Women's Basketball World University Games team and 1998 Women's Select Team ... finished BIG EAST regular-season career first in career field-goal percentage (.646), second in blocked shots (193), fourth in free throws attempted (397) and made (297), eighth in points (1,135), 10th in rebounds (544) and tied for 13th in field goals (419) ... owned a 15.8 career scoring average and scored 2,072 points during her career ... named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Jan. 8 for the second consecutive week after averaging 24.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as the Irish went 2-0 on the week ... won weekly honor again on Jan. 21 for third time in four weeks after 29-point, 12-rebound performance vs. Connecticut ... earned fourth BIG EAST player-of-the-week honor on Feb. 12 after matching season-high with 29 points, 12 rebounds and season-high seven blocks vs. Pittsburgh ... opened the season with 13 points, seven rebounds and five blocks against Valparaiso ... recorded first double-double of the season in BIG EAST opener against Villanova, scoring 14 points and hauling in 10 rebounds in addition to four assists ... scored nine of those points in 11 minutes to open the second half ... scored 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked five shots in win over sixth-ranked Purdue ... grabbed 10 rebounds and scored 18 points to record her second double-double of the season against Marquette ... perfect from the free throw line against Georgia (7-7), Marquette (6-6), Virginia Tech (5-5), Rice (4-4) and Connecticut (13-13) ... scored 27 points in 37 minutes against Virginia Tech in first of three straight 20-point games (22 vs. Rutgers, 23 vs. St. John's) ... paced Irish in win over Connecticut with season-high 29 points and 12 rebounds for fourth double-double of season ... turned in school-record free-throw performance vs. Huskies by making all 13 attempts ... scored game-high 28 points vs. West Virginia on 11-14 shooting ... notched fifth double-double with 19 points (17 in second half) and season-high 14 rebounds vs. Providence ... had second consecutive double-double and sixth of season vs. Boston College (24 points, 13 rebounds) ... notched third straight and seventh double-double of season vs. Pittsburgh (29 points, 12 rebounds) ... had her fourth consecutive and eighth double-double at Syracuse (24 points, 11 rebounds) ... had her 10th 20-point performance in the last 15 games vs. Miami with 20 points on 8-11 shooting ... made it 11 20-point games in 16 with 21 vs. Georgetown to go along with nine rebounds and five blocks ... recorded second 20-point game vs. Connecticut in the BIG EAST final (23 points, nine rebounds) to earn a place on all-tournament team ... led the Irish in scoring in two Irish wins in the first and second round of the NCAA tournament ... scored in double figures in all but three games this season (Wisconsin, Fordham and Virginia Tech in BIG EAST championship) ... started all 36 games.

    AS A JUNIOR: Finished as the team's leading scorer and rebounder for the second straight season averaging 16.2 points and 7.3 rebounds ... first player in Notre Dame women's basketball history to earn first-team Associated Press All-America honors ... was one of 15 finalists for Naismith Women's College Basketball Player of the Year award ... 2000 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year ... was a unanimous first-team all-BIG EAST selection for the second straight year ... first Irish women's basketball player to earn first team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors ... named to the BIG EAST all-tournament team for the second straight year after averaging 19.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in Notre Dame's two BIG EAST tournament games ... KODAK District I All-America honoree ... named to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-America team ... averaged 15.7 points and 7.0 rebounds in Notre Dame's three NCAA tournament game ... scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in loss to Texas Tech after netting 14 points in wins over San Diego and George Washington ... recorded her sixth double-double of the season in BIG EAST tournament quarterfinal win versus Miami as she scored 18 points and tied her season best with 14 rebounds ... scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in semifinal versus Rutgers ... recorded her 700th career rebound Rutgers in semifinal of the BIG EAST tournament ... reached double figures in all but four contests -- Toledo, West Virginia, Providence and Connecticut ... after being held scoreless in the season opener, scored in double figures in 10 straight games ... led the Irish in scoring on 11 occasions and tied for game-high scoring honors twice ... recorded her second 30-plus performance of the season against Miami in second meeting as she recorded her fifth double-double of the campaign in scoring a season-high 36 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in 28 minutes of action ... hit 18 of 23 free throws in the contest as she set Notre Dame and BIG EAST single-game marks for free throws made and attempted ... the 36 points marked the fourth 30-point performance of her career ... has scored 20-plus points in five games this season ... netted her fourth 20-point outing of the campaign in win at Rutgers as she recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 26 points and 14 rebounds (tying her season high) ... hit eight of her 15 field- goal attempts and was 10 for 12 from the line ... had her third 20-point outing of the season against Boston College as she scored 23 points, hitting seven of 11 shots from the field and was nine of 10 from the free-throw line ... made 79 consecutive starts before not starting against St. John's on Feb. 12 ... came off the bench in the contest to score 19 points as she was seven of eight from the field ... had three other double-double performances during season ... her third of the season was against Pittsburgh on Jan. 18 as she scored 12 points and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds ... also had a career-high five assists against the Panthers ... posted back-to-back double-doubles against Georgetown and Seton Hall ... had 17 points and 13 boards (tying her season-high in previous outing vs. Georgetown) against the Pirates and also tied her season-high with seven blocks ... registered first double-double of the season against the Hoyas in first meeting as she netted 18 points and grabbed 13 boards ... was a perfect 10 for 10 from the free throw line against the Hoyas ... was held scoreless in the season opener against Toledo ... had the third 30-point performance of her career when she scored 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting from the field and a perfect eight-for-eight performance from the line in 29 minutes ... also grabbed seven rebounds in the game ... had 19 points and nine rebounds (tying a season-high) versus Marquette ... blocked four shots against the Golden Eagles ... recorded a season-high nine rebounds for the third time this season in last outing versus West Virginia ... also had six blocked shots in the game ... had 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots against North Carolina ... scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds against Villanova ... was selected MVP of the Wachovia Women's Invitational and also was selected to the all-tournament team ... scored her 1,000th career point against Florida International to become the 15th player in Notre Dame women's basketball history to reach that mark ... scored 20 points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds in the FIU game ... also had a season-high three steals in the contest ... registered 18 points and six blocked shots against Michigan State in 24 minutes ... hit nine of 11 shots from the field against the Spartans ... played only 28 minutes in the first two games because of foul trouble ... played 18 minutes against Illinois before fouling out ... only Irish player in double figures in that game as she scored 16 points ... scored 14 points and blocked a season-high seven shots against Butler ... grabbed eight rebounds against Purdue ... plagued by foul trouble in the season opener against Toledo and played only 10 minutes ... failed to score in the game against the Rockets which marked the first in her career spanning 64 contests ... scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds versus USC ... registered double figures for the ninth straight game against Valparaiso as she scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, tying her season high ... hit seven of seven from the free throw line ... had 15 points and six rebounds against Syracuse ... also scored 15 points in win at Miami and had 16 points against St. John's ... blocked four shots against Georgetown ... had 19 points in second meeting of the season versus Pittsburgh ... stands seventh on the all-time Irish career scoring list with 1400 points ... Notre Dame's all-time career shot block leader with 257 ... selected as the BIG EAST Player of the Week for the weeks of Dec. 6 and Feb. 21 ... ranked fifth nationally in field goal percentage (.615) and blocked shots (2.7).

    AS A SOPHOMORE: 1999 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year ... only unanimous first-team all-BIG EAST selection ... BIG EAST all-tournament team selection ... Associated Press third- team All-America honoree (the first Notre Dame women's basketball player to earn a spot on one of the three teams) ... named to the District I KODAK All-America team ... Women's Basketball Journal Defensive All-America team selection and a fourth-team All-America pick ... recorded her 12th double-double (team high) of the season and 21st of her career in NCAA second-round game against LSU as she scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds ... tied her career high with four assists in the game ... scored 16 points and had seven rebounds in win over Saint Mary's in first-round action ... had a game-high 26 points in BIG EAST championship game versus Connecticut ... was a perfect four for four from the field in scoring 10 points against Villanova in tournament's quarterfinal contest ... had 10 points and seven rebounds in semifinals versus Rutgers ... blocked five shots in that game to set the Notre Dame single-season blocked shots mark ... finished the season with 101 blocked shots ... leading scorer and rebounder as she averaged 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds ... hit 68.3 percent of her shots to set single-season Notre Dame field-goal percentage mark ... became the first Irish player to rank first in an NCAA statistical category ... scored a career-high and Notre Dame school-record 41 points versus Providence on Jan. 30, which bested her career high of 36 points against the Friars on Jan. 10 ... hit a school-record 18 field goals on 22 attempts ... registered her eighth double-double of the season in that game as she also grabbed 13 rebounds ... in first meeting versus Providence, she scored 36 points (first 30-plus performance of her career) as she hit 14 of 19 shots from the field and eight of 10 free throw attempts against Providence ... also grabbed 13 rebounds in the game ... shot a perfect 7-7 from the field against Seton Hall when she ended with 16 points, seven blocked shots and six rebounds ... her double-double performances in 1998-99: Duke (20 points, 18 rebounds), Illinois (21 points, 12 rebounds), Toledo (15 points, 17 rebounds), Villanova (13 points, 10 rebounds and 23 points, 11 rebounds), Michigan State (18 points, 12 rebounds), Boston College (22 points, 11 rebounds), Providence (36 points, 13 rebounds and 41 points, 13 rebounds), Rutgers (12 points, 10 rebounds), Miami (17 points, 10 rebounds) and LSU (20 points, 10 rebounds) ... her 18 rebounds versus Duke marked a career best ... she also tied a Notre Dame record with eight blocked shots ... went over the 20-point mark for the fourth time as she scored 23 points in win over West Virginia in first meeting between the two teams ... scored 22 points versus Boston College ... played a career-high 38 minutes against the Wildcats in the first meeting between the two teams ... had five blocked shots versus Michigan State ... finished third nationally with 3.4 blocked shots per game ... blocked four shots and dished off a career-high four assists in Georgetown game ... had 18 points and eight rebounds against Pittsburgh in just 24 minutes of action ... scored 20 points in win at Syracuse hitting nine of 13 shots from the field ... failed to score in double figures in only four games (Butler, Seton Hall, West Virginia and Villanova) ... bothered by back spasms in second meeting against West Virginia and played only five minutes ... blocked six shots in second Seton Hall game ... scored 20-plus points in 10 games ... three-time BIG EAST Player of the Week selection ... was a member of the 1999 Women's World University Games Team ... helped that 12-member squad capture the silver medal at the '99 World University Games ... was the third-leading scorer (10.3 ppg.) and second-leading rebounder (5.2 rpg.) ... averaged 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in leading the USA squad to a 3-0 finish at the Spanish International Tournament prior to the World University Games competition.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Named to the '98 BIG EAST All-Rookie team ... played in all 32 games and started the last 26 games of the season at center after earning her first career start against Wisconsin on Dec. 8 ... leading scorer for the Irish in their three NCAA tournament games, averaging 18.0 points and 7.3 rebounds ... led all scorers and rebounders with 21 points and nine rebounds in first-round NCAA tournament game versus Southwest Missouri State ... hit 10 of 16 shots from the field in the game and also blocked four shots and made two steals ... scored all of her game-high 23 points in the second half of Notre Dame's upset of top-seeded Texas Tech in the second round of the NCAA tournament ... connected on nine of 12 shots from the field and grabbed eight rebounds ... averaged 11.5 ppg (second-leading scorer) and led team in rebounding with 7.3 rpg ... finished with a team-high 71 blocked shots (2.2 per game) ... had nine double-doubles in her rookie season ... recorded five straight double-doubles -- a Notre Dame record -- versus Miami, St. John's, West Virginia, Boston College and Syracuse ... scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed a personal best 13 rebounds against the Orangewomen ... hit 13 of 15 from the field against Syracuse ... had 27 points and 12 rebounds against West Virginia ... hit 11-14 from the field against the Mountaineers after making her first 10 field-goal attempts ... played a season-high 32 minutes in both the West Virginia and Syracuse contests ... recorded her first career double-double when she scored a then career-high 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds versus Miami ... was seven of nine from the field against the Hurricanes ... against St. John's in first meeting, she scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds ... also blocked five shots against the Red Storm ... scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Boston College ... scored in double figures for the first time in her career against Purdue as she netted 13 points ... hit three of six shots from the field and was seven of eight from the free-throw line ... grabbed five rebounds in the game and had two blocked shots against the Boilermakers ... grabbed 10 rebounds (first time in her career with 10-plus rebounds in a game) and made a personal-best seven blocks versus South Florida ... scored 14 points against Seton Hall as she hit five of seven shots from the field ... dished off a career-high three assists in the game ... scored in double figures for the second time this season with 11-point performance against San Francisco ... also hauled in seven rebounds against the Lady Dons ... scored eight points and blocked five shots at Georgetown ... had 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocks against Providence ... scored 16 points and blocked four shots in 22 minutes in loss at Miami ... had sixth double-double performance of the season in second meeting against St. John's as she scored 13 points and grabbed 10 boards ... recorded seventh double-double scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds ... recorded third straight and eighth double-double of the season against Georgetown on February 18 as she scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds ... concluded regular season with her ninth double-double as she scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in win at home against Rutgers ... scored in double figures in 19 games this season and grabbed 10-plus boards in 10 contests ... led all scorers with 18 points in BIG EAST tournament quarterfinal victory against Villanova ... was a perfect six for six from the free-throw line and also grabbed seven rebounds ... scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds in semifinal loss to Connecticut ... scored 20-plus points in five games ... netted double figures in 11 of the final 13 games of the season ... was a member of the 1998 USA Women's Select Team ... finished as the team's second-leading scorer and top rebounder as she averaged 10.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in helping the U.S. squad to a 7-1 mark ... earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors three consecutive weeks (weeks of Jan. 12, 19 and 26).

    PREP AND PERSONAL DATA: USA Today Honorable Mention All-America and first-team all-state selection as a senior ... averaged 26.0 ppg., 14.7 rpg. and 5.2 blocks in final season at North Miami High School ... set single-season marks in scoring (546 points) and rebounding (308 rebounds) in 1996-97 ... led team to 20-1 record and 7-0 mark in Three Rivers Conference in final scholastic campaign ... set 17 school records at North Miami ... finished her career with 1,372 points, 1,011 rebounds and 427 blocks ... registered career scoring and rebounding averages of 16.0 ppg. and 14.7 rpg. ... had five triple-doubles during her career ... led squad to two straight conference championships ... averaged 22.1 ppg. and 11.5 rpg. in helping North Miami to its first sectional crown in 12 years during the 1995-96 season ... two-time all-state honoree ... three-time all-conference and mvp selection ... earned all-sectional honors as a junior and senior ... played in the Indiana/Kentucky, Indiana/Ohio and Reebok North/South All-Star games ... played on Lady Legit AAU team which finished fifth at national tournament in '96 ... four-year letterwinner in basketball, volleyball and track ... garnered all-state honors in volleyball during her senior year ... earned all-regional honors in discus ... named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star team in each of her three seasons ... two-time member of GTE/CoSIDA District V All-Academic team ... has earned Dean's List recognition all six semesters and has a 3.643 cumulative grade point average ... had high school jersey #25 retired at North Miami High High School in January of 2000 ... born Aug. 28, 1979 ... graduated from Notre Dame in May, 2001 with bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology.

    Career Highs

    Points
    41 vs. Providence, 1/30/98
    Rebounds
    18 vs. Duke, 11/21/98
    Assists
    6 vs. Vanderbilt, 3/26/01
    Steals
    4 vs. Providence, 1/10/99
    Blocks
    8 vs. Duke, 11/21/98
    Minutes
    40 vs, Connecticut, 1/15/00
    Field Goals
    18 vs. Providence, 1/30/99
    FG Attempts
    22 vs. Providence, 1/30/99
    Free Throws
    18 vs. Miami, 2/22/00
    FT Attempts
    23 vs. Miami, 2/22/00

    Riley's Career Statistics

    YearGP-GSFG-FGAPct.3 FG-FGAPct.FTM-FTAPct.ORDRTRAvg.ATOBLKSPF-DMin-Avg.PtsAvg.
    1997-9832-26141-23560.00-0---86-11574.8911422337.321647127109-8674-21.136811.5
    1998-9931-31198-29068.30-0---118-17169.01051552608.4408110125106-3791-25.551416.6
    1999-200032-31193-31461.50-0---132-16480.5881452337.341888517109-4790-24.751816.2
    2000-0136-36245-39062.80-0---182-23776.8921892817.870831132087-21024-28.467218.7
    Totals 131-124777-122963.20-0---518-68775.437663110077.717231637089411-183279-25.0207215.8
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