Notre Dame to meet Blue Devils Saturday in rematch of last year's ACC title game (noon ET on ESPNU/WatchESPN; live radio on WatchND).
Notre Dame to face Wolfpack in matinee to wrap up conference slate (2 p.m. ET on ESPN3/WatchESPN; live radio on WatchND).
Notre Dame squares off with Blue Devils in primetime at Purcell Pavilion (9 p.m. ET on ESPN2/WatchESPN; live radio on WatchND).
Notre Dame to hold its seventh annual game to raise money for breast cancer research (1 p.m. ET live on ACC-Regional Sports Networks; live radio on WatchND).
Notre Dame to play its sixth ranked opponent of the season, and its fourth on the road (7 p.m. ET; live on ACC-Regional Sports Networks/ESPN3).
Notre Dame at #7 Connecticut
OVERVIEW: Crafty veteran center with enthusiasm and passion for the sport ... never stops working to sharpen her game, whether on the court or in the film room ... eager to learn and improve with inherent ability to quickly grasp new concepts and put them into action ... has been durable post presence in starting lineup for past two seasons ... not affected by high-profile pressure situations, appearing to perform better in such games ... shows good agility and touch around the basket ... also possesses solid mid-range game ... biggest value comes at defensive end, where she has ranked among BIG EAST shot blocking leaders past three seasons ... ranks among top 10 in school history for career blocked shots (107 - 9th) and career blocks average (1.19 - 8th) ... also has uncanny knack for drawing charges (team-high 12 last season and at least that many the year before) ... outgoing personality has made her a fan favorite ... grounded and mature outlook has her positioned for great things.
JUNIOR SEASON (2008-09): Appeared in all 31 games (starting 30), averaging 5.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game ... two double-doubles ... in BIG EAST play, ranked 13th with 1.1 blocks per game ... drew team-high 12 charges (first season the statistic was tracked) ... posted 10 points and seven rebounds at Boston College ... grabbed six rebounds in win over Georgia Southern ... had six points and four rebounds against No. 24 Michigan State, and sank two critical free throws with 1:08 remaining after MSU cut the Irish lead to five points ... notched six points and five rebounds at Eastern Michigan ... snagged seven rebounds in victory over No. 17/20 Purdue ...flirted with double-double vs. Loyola-Chicago, finishing with nine points and eight rebounds ... erupted for (then) career-high 20 points at DePaul (13 in the second half on 6-6 FG), while adding nine rebounds ... registered third career double-double with career-high 21 points and season-best 10 rebounds with three blocks ... chalked up five points and five rebounds in victory over St. John's ... tallied six points at Villanova ... had five points, six rebounds and two blocks against Rutgers ... limited by foul trouble at No. 22/24 Pittsburgh, but still collected six points ... picked up five rebounds and two blocks vs. No. 10/12 Louisville ... collected six rebounds in only 14 minutes at South Florida ... notched five points and three rebounds at No. 1 Connecticut ... rang up second double-double of season with 18 points, game-high 11 rebounds and career-high-tying five blocks in season-best 29 minutes vs. Syracuse ...tossed in 13 points in regular-season finale vs. West Virginia ...nabbed game-high 11 rebounds in BIG EAST second-round win vs. St. John's ... chalked up six points and five rebounds in NCAA opener vs. Minnesota.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007-08): Played in all 34 games (starting 21 -- her first career starts), averaging 6.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.12 blocks per game (second on team with 38 rejections) ... ranked 10th in BIG EAST in blocked shots ... in conference play, tied for fifth in BIG EAST in blocked shots (1.31 bpg) and ranked 14th in offensive rebounding (2.69 orpg) ... made debut in starting lineup for season opener vs. Miami (Ohio), registering six points and team-high nine rebounds in 18 minutes ... had two points and four rebounds against Western Kentucky ... collected six points and two blocks at Central Michigan ... came off bench for first time vs. Boston College, tallying five points and five rebounds ... tallied five points and three rebounds against Canisius ... scored two points in 10 minutes vs. Michigan before leaving with back injury ... picked up six points and two rebounds vs. Valparaiso ... posted nine points (all in second half) and seven rebounds in nine minutes at IUPUI ... registered (then) career-high 16 points, game-high eight rebounds and three blocks in 20 minutes against Saint Francis (Pa.) ... continued resurgence with 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks in only 17 minutes at Richmond ... collected 11 points and six rebounds at Louisville ... made first career BIG EAST start at No. 16 West Virginia, logging seven points, three rebounds and two blocks ... chalked up 10 points, five rebounds and career-high-tying two assists at Georgetown ... matched (then) career high with 16 points against No. rv/25 DePaul, while adding six rebounds and two blocks ... tallied five points and team-high eight rebounds at Cincinnati ... had six points and four rebounds in win over No. 15 Pittsburgh ... notched nine points, six rebounds and three blocks in victory over Marquette ... registered first double-double of season (second of career) with 14 points and season-high 11 rebounds in win at No. 21/23 Syracuse ... tied (then) career high with 16 points and added game-best eight rebounds in win at DePaul ... came off bench vs. Seton Hall, carding six points, five rebounds and three blocks ... stayed in reserve role at St. John's, logging four points and season-high four blocks ... returned to lineup in BIG EAST quarterfinal vs. Pittsburgh, collecting four points, six rebounds and two blocks ... played career-high 36 minutes in NCAA second-round win over No. 14/13 Oklahoma, tallying eight points and four rebounds; also held her ground on defense, teaming with Becca Bruszewski to limit All-American Courtney Paris to four points over final 16 minutes, including no points in overtime period.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2006-07): Effective reserve as rookie, appearing in 31 games ... averaged 6.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and team-best 1.26 blocks per game (ninth in BIG EAST); 39 total blocks were third-most by freshman in school history ... during conference play, ranked among BIG EAST leaders in blocks (11th - 1.13 bpg.) while also pulling down 5.6 rebounds per game ... contributed six points, eight rebounds and five blocks during debut game vs. Central Michigan ... turned in solid game at USC with 12 points and nine rebounds ... collected nine points and game-high seven rebounds vs. Richmond ... had season-high 15 points, eight boards and four blocks vs. Prairie View A&M ... stood tall at No. 4 Tennessee with seven points, team-high seven rebounds and two blocks ... recorded first career-double in overtime loss at South Florida, winding up with 11 points and game-high 18 rebounds (most ever by Notre Dame freshman) ... piled up eight points and game-high 11 rebounds against Syracuse ... tallied game-high 12 points and team-best eight rebounds at No. 7/5 Connecticut ... had second consecutive double-figure scoring night with 10 points and game-high eight rebounds at Pittsburgh ... got back into double digits in scoring column at Providence with 10 points and seven rebounds ... scored nine points against No. 21/22 Rutgers ... had six points and game-high seven rebounds in BIG EAST tournament debut vs. DePaul ... made all three shots from field (six points) in NCAA tournament debut vs. California, sinking critical basket with 1:37 left to help fuel Irish win.
HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 10.0 ppg., 10.4 rpg. and 4.7 bpg. during final two prep seasons ... ranked 89th nationally by All-Star Girls Report ... holds rare distinction of winning state championships in each of final two years in two different states (New York and North Carolina) ... spent senior year at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C., after family relocated in summer 2005 when father changed jobs ... averaged 9.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game while helping South Mecklenburg to 27-3 record and North Carolina Class 4A state title (school's first in 20 years); named Western Regional MVP of state title game after scoring 13 points in victory ... second-team all-state pick by NCPreps.com ... second-team Charlotte Observer all-area selection ... all-Southwestern 4A Conference choice ... selected to play in Carolinas Classic and Charlotte Pro-Am all-star games ... spent first three prep seasons at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School in Rochester, N.Y. ... as junior in 2004-05, averaged 10.0 points, 12.5 rebounds and school-record 5.3 blocks per game while helping squad to 24-2 record and New York Class A state title (team was state runner-up in 2003-04) ... all-state selection (2005) ... all-area pick (2005) ... three-time all-conference choice (2003, 2004, 2005) ... New York State High School Federation Class A All-Tournament Team (2004) ... twice chosen for Sportsmanship Award at state tournament (2004, 2005) ... holds school record for blocks in one game (13 vs. Livonia as freshman in 2002) ... three-sport standout who also competed in soccer (goalkeeper) and softball (first base) ... member of National Honor Society ... attended Pete Newell Tall Women's Camp in summer 2006 prior to enrolling at Notre Dame.
PERSONAL DATA: Born Oct. 12, 1988, in Manila, Philippines ... youngest of three children ... daughter of Donna Podgorny and Robert Williamson ... grandfather, Robert C. Williamson, played basketball at Phoenix (Ariz.) Junior College ... due to father's job, family lived overseas (Morocco, Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore) for several years before moving to United States (Rochester, N.Y.) in 1995 ... just second North Carolina resident in program history (Mary Joan Forbes - 1980-81) ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters as a film, television & theater major (on pace to graduate in December 2009, a full semester early) ... posted 3.533 grade-point average during spring 2009 semester ... only other Irish players to wear No. 52 were Sandy Botham (top 10 on school's career points and field goal percentage lists and now head coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and Margaret Nowlin (MVP of 1992 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Tournament won by Irish that resulted in Notre Dame's first-ever NCAA tournament berth) ... spent summer 2009 as intern in sports department at South Bend's WSBT-TV (CBS affiliate); job duties included shooting footage, conducting off-camera interviews, editing highlight packages and writing scripts for nightly sportscasts ... named president of Notre Dame's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) for 2009-10 school year, after serving as team's SAAC representative in '08-09.
2007: BIG EAST All-Freshman Team ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.
Williamson's Career Statistics
Williamson in the BIG EAST Conference