Notre Dame tangles with its former BIG EAST foe to close out month of January (7 p.m. ET on ESPN3/WatchESPN; live radio on WatchND).
Tough, physical post player ... has not missed a game in three seasons (94 games) at Notre Dame ... impressive work ethic with a burning desire to improve every day ... very sound in fundamentals and equally adept with either hand ... has a feathery touch around the basket ... picks up the majority of her points in the paint, but can also hit the mid-range jumper ... sports a highly-effective sweeping hook shot ... has a nose for the glass, especially at the offensive end ... one of team's top post defenders with shot-blocking capabilities ... will hold down a starting spot for third straight year ... ranks seventh in school history for both career field goal percentage (.536) and blocked shots (93).
AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in all 32 games for the Irish, starting 20 times and averaging 19.8 minutes per outing ... carded 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game ... tied for 12th in BIG EAST in blocks (1.0 bpg.) ... led team in field goal percentage for third consecutive season with .529 mark (74-140) ... scored in double figures eight times ... missed much of preseason practice while recovering from surgery to correct Haglund's Deformity (a bone protrusion in the heel which can afflict the Achilles' tendon) ... made first appearance of season vs. Auburn, playing 12 minutes ... scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in 24 minutes at Colorado ... also hit all four of her free throw attempts in overtime at CU, the last pair giving ND a one-point lead with 22 seconds to play in the extra session ... added four points, five rebounds and three blocks vs. Valparaiso ... made first start of the season at Michigan State, but played just eight minutes ... had team-high two assists and two blocks at Tennessee ... started and played 19 minutes vs. Wisconsin, logging five points and five rebounds ... came off bench to record 11 points (5-8 FG) in homecoming game at Washington ... notched 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting vs. Dayton ... contributed eight points (4-7 FG), six rebounds and a season-high four blocks vs. USC ... piled up season-high 14 points and nine rebounds in a career-high 37 minutes at Colorado State ... matched season high with 14 points (5-7 FG) and added seven rebounds vs. Marquette ... dumped in 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds at Georgetown ... tied season scoring high for third time with 14 points (season-best 6-7 FT), six rebounds and three blocks vs. Virginia Tech ... tallied eight points (4-7 FG) vs. Connecticut ... led team with six rebounds and tied career high with four assists against Boston College ... scored 10 points (4-4 FG) in rematch win over Georgetown ... had six points and three blocks while tying career high with 37 minutes at Seton Hall ... collected 11 points (4-4 FG) vs. Providence ... piled up eight points and season-high 11 rebounds at St. John's, matching career high in latter category ... had four points and four rebounds in regular-season finale vs. Syracuse ... grabbed four rebounds in NCAA first-round win over Southwest Missouri State ... added four points and three rebounds in NCAA regional semifinal loss to Penn State.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Started all 32 games for the Irish, averaging 24.3 minutes per outing ... carded 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, ranking fourth on team in scoring and third in rebounding ... also led team with a .574 field goal percentage (108-188) and finished fifth in BIG EAST with 1.31 blocks per game ... even stronger in conference games, where she posted a superb .602 FG% (56-93) ... also improved free throw percentage by more than 22 points to .695 ... scored in double figures 11 times ... earned game-high rebounding honors three times ... made first six shots of season and finished 9-13 from field with 18 points in opening-night win over Cleveland State (field goals made tied career high) ... made 4-5 FG and scored 10 points at USC -- also added career-high three steals ... pulled down game-high eight rebounds at Valparaiso ... scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds at Arizona State ... collected career-high 11 rebounds, dished out career-best four assists and had season-high three blocks vs. IPFW ... notched 14 points (7-10 FG), six rebounds and four blocks vs. Tennessee ... scored team-high 13 points (6-7 FG) vs. Miami ... tallied 19 points (8-11 FG) at St. John's ... made all seven shots from floor and scored 14 points in rematch vs. West Virginia -- second-best shooting performance by Irish player in Joyce Center history and tied personal best (7-7 vs. Seton Hall, 1/9/02) ... reached double figures for second straight game with 11 points and career-high five blocks in career-best 35 minutes vs. Georgetown ... added 12 points vs. St. John's ... had career-high 21 points (7-11 FG, career-best 7-7 FT) and seven rebounds at Connecticut ... dropped in 13 points (7-7 FT) vs. Pittsburgh ... averaged 6.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in NCAA Tournament, including 10 caroms and career-best five blocks in regional semifinal vs. Purdue.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 30 games for the Irish, starting six and averaging 20.3 minutes per outing ... carded 6.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, ranking fifth on team in scoring and third in rebounding ... also shot a team-high .497 from the field ... averaged 6.4 ppg. and shot a team-best .558 (43-77) in BIG EAST games ... joined Jacqueline Batteast as the first freshman duo to start a season opener for Notre Dame in 20 years ... nearly posted a double-double in her first college game, finishing with game highs of 14 points and nine rebounds against Valparaiso ... almost had double-double at Colorado State, tallying nine points and eight rebounds ... matched season high with nine rebounds vs. Army ... hauled in seven rebounds against Western Michigan ... came off bench to score eight points against DePaul ... added seven points and four rebounds at Miami ... made first seven shots from field and finished with career-high 20 points (9-11 FG) against Providence ... tied BIG EAST rookie record by going 7-of-7 from the field (15 points) vs. Seton Hall ... collected first career double-double with 11 points, career-high 10 rebounds and career-best four assists at Providence ... registered two blocks against Virginia Tech ... scored eight points (3-3 FG) and blocked two more shots vs. Syracuse ... added six points and seven boards (six offensive) at Seton Hall ... carded second double-double with 10 points, a career-best 10 boards, and a career-high four blocks at Pittsburgh ... grabbed seven rebounds at Rutgers ... scored seven points in BIG EAST quarterfinal vs. Syracuse ... made 4-of-5 shots and scored eight points in NCAA first-round game vs. New Mexico ... corralled team-high six rebounds in NCAA second-round game at Tennessee.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: Earned second-team Parade All-America honors after averaging 17.9 points in final prep season at West Valley, in which she led her team to the Class 3A state crown ... copped MVP honors at the Washington state tournament ... West Valley's career leader in points (1,631) and rebounds (1,101) ... set single-season marks in her final campaign for assists (139) and rebounds (311) ... selected to the Nike All-America team in addition to earning honorable mention honors by the WBCA ... named the USA Today Player of the Year for the state of Washington and was selected to the Super 25 team, in addition to earning All-America honors from Street & Smith's ... four-time Mid-Valley Conference honoree and three-time all-state selection, she helped her team compile a four-year record of 102-11 ... basketball teammate of current Irish junior women's soccer player Annie Schefter ... selected as an alternate on the 2001 USA Junior World Championship team ... also starred on West Valley volleyball team -- first freshman to play on the school's varsity volleyball team ... three-time all-conference honoree in that sport as well as an all-state selection ... National Honor Society member.
PERSONAL DATA: Born December 31, 1982 in Yakima, Wash. ... youngest of four children ... hails from athletic family -- brother Byron played basketball at Whitworth; sister Valerie played volleyball at Gonzaga; brother-in-law Jason Rubright played basketball at Gonzaga; and cousin Katie played basketball at Colorado State ... third Washington native to play for the Irish ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters with a double major in psychology and art design ... named to BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team in 2002, 2003 and 2004 ... some former Notre Dame players who wore No. 12 include two-time All-American Katryna Gaither and Danielle Green.
BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team - 2002, 2003, 2004