McGraw, Loyd Win USWBA Honors

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Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame is the 2012-13 Women’s National Coach of the Year according to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. And Notre Dame guard Jewell Loyd is its Rookie of the Year.

McGraw, who last won the award in 2001, the year she led the Irish to the NCAA title, will be honoed on Sunday in the New Orleans Sports Arena in advance of the start of the NCAA Final Four.

The winner of the Ann Meyers Drysdale National Women’s Player of the Year will also be announced in New Orleans at that time while the Pat Summitt most courageous women’s honoree will also be cited with Summitt’s son Tyler, now an assistant women coach at Marquette, helping to make the presentation.

McGraw lost four key seniors (who accounted for 40 percent of the Irish’s scoring and rebounding) from a team that advanced to the NCAA national championship game for the second consecutive season. The Irish meet Connecticut this weekend for the third straight season, Notre Dame has already beaten the Huskies by a narrow margin in three previous meetings, including the Big East championship.

Notre Dame is 12-1 against ranked teams this season and 6-1 against the Top 10, including the three wins over UConn and a loss to Baylor.

McGraw was named the Big East Coach of the Year, her second such award since 2001 as her team went 16-0 through the Big East and won the conference tournament title.

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28 thoughts on “McGraw, Loyd Win USWBA Honors

  1. NOTRE DAME WINS AGAIN!

    CONTRATULATIONS TO MUFFET AND JEWELL FOR THEIR WELL DESERVED AND WELL EARNED AWARDS. I REMEMBER DURING THE PAST OFF SEASON HOW SOME UCONN FANS SAID NOTRE DAME WOULD NOT DEFEAT UCONN SINCE NOTRE DAME LOST SO MUCH TO GRADUATION. NOTRE DAME 3-0 OVER UCONN THIS SEASON. NOTRE DAME 7-1 VERSUS UCONN IN THE LAST 8 GAMES. NOTRE DAME AND MUFFET 3-0 VERSUS UCONN AND GENO IN FINAL FOURS. IF THE COMMITTEE HAD ALIGNED THE TEAMS PROPERLY NOTRE DAME WOULD HAVE 4 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.

    1. Louisville lugg

      Save your gloating until next Monday.
      It’s not well deserved—3 final 4’s for ND (no Championships) 6 Final fours for UConn.
      If Walker stayed at Uconn last year–no ND wins against UConn and no final 4.
      It’s the luck of the draw. Not great coaching. More positive stats in the last 10 years all together than Muffet has had in the last 3—what do the writers see in Muffet except the Notre Dame brand name–it’s more sexy than Uconn.
      Jewel on the other hand –has talent and has played pretty good all year. she deserves it.

    2. nhntc47

      If my dad had married queen Elizabeth, I would have been the king of England.

      This is reality, not “would’ve”: Uconn: 7 National Championships going on 8.

      Notre Dame: 1.

  2. Gentle Ben

    A bit premature for the award.
    Congratulations to a nice lady, who happens to be a very good coach and one who recruits (with the N D name) exceptionally well.
    Jewel Loyd is a very dynamic first string member of the N D team. She’s an exceptional scorer and extremely good rebounder. I think Stewie deserves the award, but if not Stewie then Jewel is right. \\

    What do the writes think of how amazingly hard/difficult it is to make the final 4 six year in a row, with ever changing team make up??? Muffet has not had the turnover in personnel Geno has. Personnel in key positions. Walker would have made a difference helping Steff in the final four and all it took was a litle nudge to win the game. I could speak of the EDD thing–but that’ been beaten to a pulp by John A. in the courant.

    1. Elena Delle Donne! (think Lobo's voice)

      if you watched Walker grab and hold instead of playing real defense like Faris, you still would want Walker on UConn?

  3. fishpaw31

    I just do not understand this desire/need to go to the websites of newspapers and/or basketball team opponents to attempt to stir up trouble. I have never had the desire to go to a website for the Lady Vols or a Knoxville newspaper, or to that of ND & South Bend, IN, or to any other team’s website or hometown newspaper. These sites are for fans.
    You, “notre dame wins again” must not have much of a life if this is your biggest entertainment. A pity.

    1. SouthPaw

      a select few chosen ones on this chat room belong to the Geno Gestapo and their sole purpose in life is to pretend they’re experts on basketball, young women, and life in general

  4. mike mcmanus

    I think the comments are appropriate. It’s true that at the beginning of the season most of us UCONN fans felt that ND would not be as strong as last year but they proved us wrong. Any team that can beat UCONN three times in a season deserves the accolades. I think it’s fair to say…and not an excuse…that the various injuries and loss of Banks definitely slowed Geno’s team from reaching their potential. And Dolson’s current injuries will definitely hinder her play from here on out. But don’t sell UCONN short because the recent development of the freshmen may be able to compensate for Dolson’s restricted playing time.

    1. The Breanna Stewart (TBS)

      Brianna Banks falls into the woulda/coulda category – unfortunately. No doubt a healthy Banks helps UConn’s offense against pressure. But if Banks continued her improvement path, Jefferson or Hartley might not be where they are today. There’s only 200 minutes.

      When exactly was the voting for COY and FOY? I assume some or many voters watch the national televised games. If so, Stewart’s 7 minute game and other not so great games might have swayed the vote to Jewell. Stewart’s recent good games might have come after the voting.

      UConn might play their best game of the season on Sunday night. Notre Dame might play their worst game of the season. Even if UConn wins by 30, Muffet and her staff still had a great season. If I am not mistaken, Notre Dame set their school mark for wins in a season. 3 wins are still 3 wins in the record books, despite the coulda/woulda/shoulda for UConn.

      Does anyone on this chat thread think Geno deserved the COY? Or some other coach? Just glad that Miss Throws A Fit did not win COY.

    2. Whaaaat?

      Imagine another team hearing us say ” Yeah, but if we had our 4th sub Banks in there, we would have kicked your butt!” What an embaressment to Uconn sports.

      1. More stuff

        Whataaa 1.

        Every team with hurt players say –what if so and so played.
        Did you hear the adnausium TV bubble heads saying–this one was hurt that one was hurt. You hear the same with Duke—Gray is out, hurt.
        It’s normal, it common, expect people to know that had Bank been healthy in the last 2 game–the outcome would have been dfferent–WHY??? Because the difference was one or two points–and Banks would have score that much, easily.

    3. V.I.

      Mike–Not disagreeing with you, just a different view of things (and hoping I am wrong).
      Freshmen at any National Champion site hear the hoopla, the hype, the adoration of player (like Diggins and McBride) from the media and sometimes get it into their heads that they are “just Freshmen”. Albeit, Mo Jo and Stewart are super frosh. It happened to the toughest player to put on a Uconn uniform. Diana Tuarazi.
      Geno and Christine have a job of not allowing them to get caught up in the second guessing games –and making them understand just how great THEY really are. I think that’s why you are reading all the “hype” about Stewie from Geno.

  5. SKYLAR FOR POY !!

    OVERVIEW: Nicknamed “Sky” … one of the nation’s premier players at any position, and the country’s top point guard … three-time All-American who is exceptional leader … has remarkable ability to raise not only her own play, but those around her, through her energy, passion and intensity … thrives in pressure situations … has poise, maturity and creativity, often seeing the game several plays ahead of her competition … exceptional perimeter scorer with range to three-point line and beyond … noted for her speed and uncanny ability to get into the paint and break apart opposing defenses … superb passing skills and court vision create numerous opportunities for teammates, while her long arms and aggressive style on defense make her an invaluable contributor, especially in traps and presses … outstanding work ethic …never satisfied with her performance and always striving for ways to improve …has chance to re-write the Notre Dame career record books in several high-profile categories, including scoring, assists and steals … poised to become first player in program history with 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in her career (second Fighting Irish cager of either gender after Chris Thomas, 2001-05).

    JUNIOR SEASON (2011-12): Started all 39 games, averaging career-high 16.8 points, 5.7 assists and 2.6 steals per game … became first Fighting Irish player and just the fourth NCAA Division I player in the past decade (since 2001-02) to register 600 points, 200 assists and 100 steals in a single season … set school record with 102 steals, while 222 assists were third-most on the Notre Dame single-season list, and 657 points ranked fourth on the school’s single-season chart … posted second-best assist-turnover ratio (2.16) by a Fighting Irish player in one season … four double-doubles tied for fourth-most by a Notre Dame guard in a single season … only BIG EAST player to rank among top five in conference in three of five major statistical categories, leading in both assists (5.7 apg. – 16th in nation) and steals (2.6 spg. – 55th in nation), and fourth in scoring (16.8 ppg. – 70th in nation), while also posting her conference-best 2.16 assist-turnover ratio (10th in nation) … ranked among the top 10 in the BIG EAST in free throw percentage (9th – .786) and field goal percentage (tied-10th – .500; 35th in nation) … claimed BIG EAST regular season statistical titles in assists (5.8 apg. – second Notre Dame player to win the BIG EAST assist title, and first since current Fighting Irish assistant coach Niele Ivey in 1999-2000), steals (2.6 spg.), and assist-turnover ratio (2.3) … also finished conference play among the top 15 in the BIG EAST in scoring (3rd – 17.8 ppg.), field goal percentage (9th – .508) and free throw percentage (12th – .788) … posted 13 20-point games (one 30-point outing) and five double-digit assist games this season … named BIG EAST Player of the Week (Nov. 21) after averaging 21.0 points, 6.0 assists and 3.3 steals per game with a .544 field goal percentage (31-of-57), .864 free throw percentage (19-of-22) and 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio in leading Notre Dame to a runner-up finish in the Preseason WNIT … had 21 points and eight assists vs. Akron … tallied 14 points (6-9 FG), seven assists (no turnovers) and six steals against Indiana State … piled up 22 points (9-14 FG), six assists and four steals against Hartford … had 27 points in Preseason WNIT title game at No. 1 Baylor … scored 22 points with five steals vs. USC … tallied 19 points and eight rebounds vs. No. 7/6 Duke, including game-tying layup with 13.9 seconds left (part of school-record-tying 18-point second-half comeback by Irish) … delivered eight assists at Creighton … filled stat sheet against Marquette to open BIG EAST play with 17 points, seven assists and six steals … had more assists (7) than Purdue’s entire team (5) while scoring nine points with six rebounds against the No. 12/14 Boilermakers … registered third career double-double with 16 points and 11 assists vs. No. 8/7 Kentucky, becoming the first Notre Dame player since 2001 to dish out at least seven assists in four consecutive contests … scored 14 points in 16 minutes vs. Central Florida … good for another double-double with 11 points and 10 assists in only 18 minutes of action against Longwood … had 21 points in 16 minutes at Mercer, becoming the first Fighting Irish player in seven years not to miss a shot from the floor, with a minimum of eight field goal attempts (8-8 FG, 1-1 3FG, 4-4 FT) … perfect from the line (6-6 FT) and scored 14 points in 21 minutes at Seton Hall … recorded team-high 22 points (16 in the second half and overtime) to help hand No. 2 Connecticut its first BIG EAST regular season defeat since 2008; also had game-high four steals as the Irish forced the Huskies into season-high 27 turnovers en route to being named the BIG EAST Player of the Week for the second time on the season … scored over 20 points for the third time in four outings with 22 points (7-12 FG, 8-10 FT) with four assists at No. 18/17 Georgetown … 11 steals, four steals and seven rebounds at Cincinnati … posted 20 points and four assists during home victory vs. Villanova … matched (then) season-high mark with 27 points (career-high 5-7 3FG) and added five rebounds, five assists and four steals in home win over No. 7/9 Tennessee … hit 9 of 15 shots from the field to total 24 points and had six assists with career-best three blocks at St. John’s … game-high 18 points at No. 13/14 Rutgers including three three-pointers during a 22-6 first-half spurt … third double-double of the season came behind 11 points and 10 assists vs. No. 23 DePaul (her fourth double-digit assist game of the season, the most by a Fighting Irish player in one year since 2004-05) … netted career-high 32 points (most by an Irish player in a regular-season game since 2006 and most in a losing effort since 1995) in a home loss to West Virginia (12-18 FT) … scored game high-tying 19 points (7-9 FG) to go along with seven assists and three steals against Providence … tallied a team-high 21 points (5-11 FG, 11-12 FT) and seven assists in victory at No. 16 Louisville … tallied 18 points and dropped nine assists in victory over USF … collected 20 points in win at No. 4 Connecticut, including eight in game-turning 13-2 second-half run … had 12 points, season high-tying six steals and five assists in BIG EAST quarterfinal win over No. RV/23 DePaul … finished with team-high 16 points in BIG EAST Championship game against No. 4 Connecticut … packed stat sheet in NCAA Championship opener vs. Liberty with seven points, nine rebounds and six assists … scored efficient 21 points (9-15 FG), including 15 in the second half, and added four assists in NCAA second-round win over California … made history in NCAA Raleigh Regional final against No. 5 Maryland with 22 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds and five steals to tally first triple-double in Notre Dame postseason history (and third overall — first since Sara Liebscher vs. Detroit on Feb. 15, 1990); first triple-double ever recorded by a BIG EAST player in the NCAA Championship, not to mention being only the second triple-double posted by any player in a regional final game (has not happened in a Final Four contest), and the first since Hall of Fame center Anne Donovan did so for Old Dominion in 1983 … filled stat sheet with 19 points, four assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a season-high 44 minutes en route to overtime victory over No. 3 Connecticut in NCAA Final Four; had play of the night with 1:30 left in extra period, blocking Bria Hartley’s layup attempt, grabbing rebound and leading fast break that ended with Brittany Mallory’s three-pointer for four-point lead … scored team-high 20 points in NCAA national championship game against No. 1 Baylor.

    SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010-11): Started 38 of 39 games (gave up starting spot on Senior Day to walk-on forward Mary Forr) … ranked second on team in scoring (15.0 ppg), tops in assists (4.9 apg) and third in steals (2.0 spg) … posted second-highest scoring and assist totals ever by a Notre Dame sophomore (585 points, 186 assists), while becoming first Fighting Irish player ever to log 400 points, 100 assists and 75 steals twice in her career … only second player in school history to reach 1,000-point mark (3/28/11 vs. Tennessee) before end of her sophomore season (Beth Morgan – 1,000 points from 1993-95) … played 1,226 minutes, finishing one minute shy of Morgan’s school record for one season (set in 1996-97) … collected 12 points, four assists and four steals in season opener against New Hampshire … had game-high eight assists vs. Morehead State … game-high 22 points and team-high five assists in career-best 47 minutes of 2OT loss vs. No. 15 UCLA … went for 18 points at No. 9/10 Kentucky … posted a pair of seven-assist games during the WBCA Classic against IUPUI and Butler … shared game-high honors with 21 points (including 15 in a 17-2 second-half run that pulled Fighting Irish within six with 5:00 left) during a road defeat at No. 2/3 Baylor; also tied a career-best mark with a quartet of three-pointers and added five assists and four steals against the Lady Bears … scored all 14 of her points against Purdue in the first half, while also handing out a game-high six assists … scorched Creighton for game-high 18 points … posted second career double-double in win over Gonzaga, pairing 19 points with career-best 11 rebounds and team-high five assists … needed 19 minutes to log 18 points (7-8 FG) with seven assists against Southeast Missouri State … had 16 points and five assists against No. 2 Connecticut … scored 12 points (6-6 FT) while registering five assists and two steals vs. Louisville … netted game-high 20 points (2-4 3FG) and recorded five assists and three steals to down Pittsburgh … poured in a game-high 22 points (8-10 FT) and six assists against No. 16/17 Georgetown … stuffed stat sheet with six points, six rebounds and six assists to help down No. RV/23 St. John’s … dropped in 13 points (5-6 FT) while grabbing six boards and two steals in win over Villanova … posted eight points (4-4 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and five steals (first career “5-5-5-5″ game) to help down No. RV/25 Syracuse … put 17 points (9-12 FT) on the board at South Florida, while charting four rebounds and four assists … drained 14 points (4-4 FG, 6-7 FT) while registering game-high six rebounds, seven assists and five steals (second career “5-5-5-5″ game) against Seton Hall … finished the game against Rutgers with 20 points (3-5 3FG), five rebounds and five assists, marking her sixth “5-5-5″ game this season … knocked down team-high 22 points (17 in first half) and grabbed four rebounds at No. 2 Connecticut — 17 first-half points were most by UConn opposing individual all season, topping five UConn opposing teams’ first-half outputs, including No. 3 Duke (15) … registered 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists at No. 19/18 West Virginia … good for 12 points in the home finale vs. Cincinnati … closed out the regular season with team-high 18 points at No. 12/11 DePaul … opened BIG EAST Championship with 14 points against Louisville … had team-high 19 points, six rebounds and four assists in BIG EAST semifinal win over No. 9/13 DePaul … dropped in 14 points against top-ranked Connecticut in BIG EAST final; also recorded five rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals … posted 20 points, four rebounds and three assists in NCAA tournament opener at Utah … had balanced effort in NCAA second-round win over Temple, recording 15 points, game-high seven assists, two blocks and two steals … had career-high 12 assists in NCAA Sweet 16 win over No. 21/20 Oklahoma (most assists by Notre Dame player in NCAA tournament game, and most in any game since 1/2/00 – Niele Ivey vs. Marquette) …netted 24 points (with four assists and four steals) in NCAA Elite Eight win over No. 4 Tennessee, surpassing career 1,000-point mark … erupted for season-high 28 points (10-14 FG) and six assists in NCAA Final Four win over No. 1 Connecticut … totaled team-high 23 points and four steals in the national championship game against Texas A&M … only second Notre Dame player ever to record four 20-point games in one NCAA tournament run (Katryna Gaither had five in 1997) … averaged 19.3 points and 5.8 assists with a .455 field goal percentage and .407 three-point percentage during the 2011 NCAA Championship.

    FRESHMAN SEASON (2009-10): Appeared in all 35 games, starting 30 times … led team in scoring (13.8 ppg.), steals (2.6 spg.) and assists (tied – 3.2 apg.), while ranking third on the squad in three-point percentage (.350) and free throw percentage (.782) … chalked up a team-high 24 double-digit scoring games, including seven 20-point outings … set Notre Dame freshman records for steals (90), free throws made (111), free throws attempted (142) and minutes played (1,028), while ranking among the top five on the Fighting Irish rookie charts for points (3rd – 484), scoring average (tied/4th – 13.8 ppg.), field goals made (3rd – 169), field goals attempted (3rd – 385), three-point field goals made (4th – 35), three-point attempts (5th – 100), three-point percentage (5th – .350), assists (3rd – 112), steals per game (2nd – 2.6 spg.), games started (tied/2nd – 30), games played (2nd – 35) and minutes per game (5th – 29.4) … had team-high eight “5-5-5″ games (including all three NCAA tournament games) and at least one steal in 33 of 35 games (16 outings with 3+ steals, including all six postseason games) … fourth Notre Dame player to score 400 points as a freshman (most since Beth Morgan tallied 518 points in 1993-94, the last time a Notre Dame rookie led team in scoring) … first Notre Dame freshman with 100 assists in debut season since 1994-95 (Mollie Peirick) … made college debut vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 14 points (10 in the first half), eight rebounds, five assists and four steals … dropped in 21 points and added three blocks in win over No. 23/24 San Diego State at Paradise Jam … earned first career start vs. South Carolina at Paradise Jam, tallying 12 points and four steals … scored 14 of team-high 16 points vs. No. 20/17 Oklahoma in first half, connecting on all four three-point attempts in the period (finished 4-6 on 3FG) … named MVP of Paradise Jam Island Division after averaging 16.3 ppg., 4.7 rpg., 3.0 apg., with .538 FG% (21-39) and .545 3FG% (6-11) and leading Irish to three wins and tournament title … shared team-high scoring honors vs. Eastern Michigan with 15 points, including go-ahead three-point play with 11:09 left and four key points in 8-0 run after final second-half media timeout … collected 15 points, seven rebounds (five offensive) and four assists against No. 18/16 Vanderbilt … chalked up 15 points, four assists and two steals at Purdue; had six points, steal and assist in 12-2 run bridging halftime to help Notre Dame wipe out early 10-point deficit … had sharp BIG EAST debut vs. Villanova with game-high 18 points (7-9 FG, 1-1 3FG, 3-3 FT) … powered second-half surge for Irish at Louisville, scoring 15 of team-high 20 points (on 6-7 FG) in final 20 minutes … scored 15 points and nabbed team-high four steals vs. No. 16/11 West Virginia, tallying eight of team’s first 11 points, then seven in a 2:06 span during second-half rally … another stat sheet stuffer at Syracuse with game-high 21 points (4-9 3FG), six assists, six rebounds and game-high four steals; scored 13 of 21 points in first 11 minutes, hitting four treys … had team-high 14 points and four steals in win at Rutgers, including pair of buckets in 12-3 run late in second half after RU has closed to within two points … strong effort vs. Pittsburgh with 23 points, season-high 10 rebounds and six assists (first career double-double) … scored 18 of team-high 20 points (career-high 10-12 FT) in second half at No. 22/23 St. John’s after first-half foul trouble … came off bench for Senior Night game vs. Marquette and finished with eight points, six rebounds and season-high nine assists (most by Notre Dame rookie since 1/16/07 – Melissa Lechlitner vs. St. John’s) … connected for team-high 21 points (7-11 FG, 7-8 FT) in BIG EAST quarterfinal victory over No. 16 St. John’s … scored team-best 10 points (all in first half, made four of first seven shots) of BIG EAST semifinal loss to No. 1 Connecticut … extraordinary performance in NCAA second-round win over Vermont with 31 points (13-21 FG), career-best seven steals and six assists; most points ever by Notre Dame rookie in NCAA tourney game and tied school records for steals and field goals made in NCAA game … balanced night in NCAA Sweet 16 game vs. Oklahoma with 10 points, six steals, five rebounds and four assists; sent game to overtime by canning three-pointer from right wing with 32 seconds left in regulation.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter at Washington High School (combined record of 102-7, .936) in South Bend, Ind., where she played for coaches Marilyn Coddens and Maurice Scott … started 107 of 108 games in prep career … helped team reach Indiana Class 4A state championship game each year (won title in sophomore season of 2006-07) … team ranked No. 1 in nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz for much of 2008-09 season, going undefeated before two-point last-second loss in state championship game (and mythical national title contest) to Ben Davis High School at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium … career averages of 25.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 4.4 steals and 1.5 blocks per game … career totals of 2,790 points (third in state history behind Stephanie White and Shanna Zolman), 620 rebounds, 601 assists, 475 steals and 161 blocks … holds school records in all major statistical categories … career single-game highs of 43 points (as freshman in ’05-06 vs. South Bend St. Joseph’s), 17 rebounds (Indiana Class 4A state championship game record in ’07 final win over Columbus East), 12 assists, 12 steals and nine blocks … during senior season of 2008-09, she averaged 29.0 ppg. (led state for second consecutive year), 6.3 rpg., 6.2 apg. (eighth in state), 5.4 spg. (fifth in state), and 2.2 bpg., with .555 field goal percentage (263-474) and .406 three-point percentage (56-138, 16th in state) as Washington compiled a 26-1 record and earned its fourth consecutive state finals appearance … tallied 14 30-point games out of 26 games played … narrowly missed rare quadruple-double in ’08-09 season opener vs. LaPorte, finishing with 28 points, 12 assists, 12 steals and nine rebounds … as a junior in 2007-08, she averaged 29.5 ppg. (tops in state), 7.6 rpg., 4.5 apg., 3.9 spg., and 1.7 bpg., while leading Washington to a 23-3 record and a state finals berth … averaged 24.4 ppg., 4.9 rpg., 6.1 apg., and 4.7 spg., as a sophomore in 2006-07 while helping WHS to a 28-1 record and the Class 4A state title … averaged 20.8 ppg., 4.3 rpg., 5.4 apg., 3.6 spg., and 1.2 bpg. as a freshman in 2005-06 when Washington posted a 25-2 record and advanced to the state championship game … scored at least 700 points in each of her final three seasons, ranking as three of the top 23 single-season scoring marks in state history (career-high 767 points in 2007-08 ranks ninth all-time) … owns two of top five Class 4A state championship game scoring records (29 in ’09 is third; 27 in ’07 is fifth) … set 4A state finals record with four three-pointers in ’06 … exceptional student-athlete who compiled a 3.92 cumulative grade-point average in high school, graduating summa cum laude and finishing sixth among 300 students taking AP and honors courses at her school … graduated from same high school as former Notre Dame two-time All-America forward Jacqueline Batteast, who ranks fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list (1,874 points) and also won a WNBA title with the Detroit Shock in 2006.

    HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS/HONORS: 2009 Gatorade National High School Athlete of the Year (all sports), joining elite company that included previous winners LeBron James (2003), Dwight Howard (2004), Candace Parker (2004), Tina Charles (2006) and Maya Moore (2007) … 2009 consensus National High School Player of the Year, earning top honors from Gatorade, Atlanta Tipoff Club (Naismith Trophy), ESPN Hoopgurlz and MaxPreps … 2009 McDonald’s and WBCA All-American (MVP at both all-star games, second player to do so following Alexis Hornbuckle) … also won Powerade Jam Fest Girls’ 3-Point Shootout title, besting Georgetown signee Sugar Rodgers in the final … three-time high school All-American by Parade magazine (first team 2008 and 2009; third team 2007) and EA Sports (first team 2008 and 2009; second team 2007) … USA Today All-USA Team (first team 2009; third team 2008) … USA Today All-Underclass Team (2006) … two-time Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year (2008 and 2009) … two-time MaxPreps Indiana Player of the Year/first-team All-American (2008 and 2009) … 2009 Indiana Miss Basketball (second Notre Dame signee to earn the honor and first since 1982, when Marion High School graduate/Indiana Basketball Hall of Famer Trena Keys was tapped for the award) … scored combined 54 points in two-game series sweep for Indiana All-Stars over Kentucky (one off series record) … 2009 South Bend Tribune Girls’ Athlete of the Year (covers all female high school athletes in all sports throughout newspaper’s coverage area) … four-time Associated Press all-state selection (first team in 2007, 2008 and 2009; third team in 2006) and coaches’ all-state choice (first team 2007, 2008 and 2009; second team 2006) … consensus No. 1 guard in the country by all major recruiting services … ranked second overall by Blue Star Basketball and third by All-Star Girls Report, Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and ESPN Hoopgurlz (highest ranking ever for point guard from Hoopgurlz) … enjoyed extensive AAU career playing for South Bend Soldiers (coached by Maurice Scott) and The Family (coached by Kevin Merriweather) … also a standout volleyball player at WHS — three-year team captain and two-time all-league selection (2008 and 2009) … National Honor Society.

    INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Five-time USA Basketball gold medalist (four in international competition) …most recently was part of 2012 United States 3×3 Team that went 9-0 and earned gold medal at inaugural FIBA 3×3 World Championships in Athens, Greece (statistics not available for all games) … also claimed silver medal in 2012 FIBA 3×3 World Championship skills competition … served as co-captain for 2011 USA World University Games Team (joined by Notre Dame teammates Natalie Novosel and Devereaux Peters) that went 6-0 and struck gold at World University Games in Shenzhen, China … started all six games, averaging 12.3 ppg. while leading all tournament players (regardless of country) in assists (4.8 apg.) and ranking among the top 10 at the event in steals (third with team-high 3.3 spg.) and field goal percentage (10th at .475) … narrowly missed breaking two longstanding USA Basketball World University Games records — 20 steals ranked third all-time behind the 21 thefts collected in 1987 by Alisa Scott and Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer/1988 Wade Trophy recipient Teresa Weatherspoon, and 29 assists were third-most by a USA Basketball player at the World University Games, one off the record shared by Kamie Ethridge (1985) and Suzie McConnell (1987) … also was co-captain on 2009 USA U19 World Championships Team that won gold medal at FIBA U19 World Championships in Thailand in August (team coached by current ND associate head coach Carol Owens) … started eight times in USA’s nine games at U19 Worlds (missed pool play matchup with Canada due to illness), averaging 11.6 points (third on the team, 16th for entire tournament), 3.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists (second on the team, 11th for entire tournament) and 1.1 steals per game … also led the Stars & Stripes with .857 free throw percentage (18-of-21, tied for third in entire tournament) and nine three-pointers (.333 percentage was second on the team and 12th in tournament), while 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio (15 assists, six turnovers) would have been tops for the entire tournament, but she was one assist shy of the minimum qualifying standard … started all five games at 2008 FIBA U18 Americas Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina, leading United States to perfect 5-0 record and gold medal; averaged 10.8 ppg. (second on team), 3.2 rpg., 3.6 apg. (first on team) and 2.0 spg. (tied-first on team) … also ranked among top 10 in entire tournament in scoring (10th), field goal percentage (7th – .500), assists (2nd), steals (tied-8th) and assist/turnover ratio (2nd – 2.00) … at 2007 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo., helped USA White team to 5-0 record and gold medal.

    PERSONAL DATA: Daughter of Renee Scott and Tige Diggins, and stepdaughter of Maurice Scott … has three younger brothers and one younger sister … one of 19 Indiana natives ever to play for Fighting Irish, most from any state … talented disc jockey … well-known for her social media appeal, particularly through Twitter, where her account (@SkyDigg4) has more than 270,000 followers (as of October 2012), the most of any college athlete (male or female) … received NCAA waivers to attend the first two ESPNW retreats in 2010 (La Jolla, Calif.) and 2011 (Tucson, Ariz.); was part of panel discussions on future of women’s athletics and mentorship, joining such notable athletes as WNBA legend and multi-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie, former U.S. Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders and multi-time X Games snowboard champions Gretchen Bleier and Maddy Schaffrick … currently enrolled in Notre Dame’s top-ranked Mendoza College of Business as a management-entrepreneuship major … three-time selection to BIG EAST All-Academic Team (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12) … only third Notre Dame player to wear No. 4 and the first since Le’Tania Severe (2000-04).

    CAREER HONORS:

    2012: Nancy Lieberman Award recipient … State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team … Associated Press First-Team All-America … Wooden Award All-America Team … BIG EAST Player of the Year … First-Team All-BIG EAST (unanimous) … NCAA Raleigh Regional Most Outstanding Player … NCAA Women’s Final Four All-Tournament Team … Junkanoo Jam (Freeport Division) All-Tournament Team … Preseason WNIT All-Tournament Team … Three-time BIG EAST Player of the Week (Nov. 21, Jan. 9, Feb. 28) … BIG EAST All-Academic Team.

    2011: State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team … Associated Press Third-Team All-America … First-Team All-BIG EAST (unanimous) … NCAA Dayton Regional Most Outstanding Player … NCAA Women’s Final Four All-Tournament Team … BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team … BIG EAST Player of the Week (Feb. 14) … BIG EAST All-Academic Team.

    2010: Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America … State Farm Coaches’ Honorable Mention All-America Team … Second Team All-BIG EAST … BIG EAST All-Freshman Team … BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team … Paradise Jam Island Division MVP … Four-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week … BIG EAST All-Academic Team.

    Diggins’ Career Statistics

    Season G-S Min-Avg FG-FGA Pct 3FG-3FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg PF-DQ A T B S Pts Avg
    2009-10 35-30 1028-29.4 169-385 .439 35-100 .350 111-142 .782 48 95 143 4.1 80-0 112 97 23 90 484 13.8
    2010-11 39-38 1226-31.4 202-468 .432 36-108 .333 145-198 .732 42 114 156 4.0 72-0 186 155 17 75 585 15.0
    2011-12 39-39 1201-30.8 233-466 .500 33-93 .355 158-201 .786 45 82 127 3.3 64-0 222 103 19 102 657 16.8
    Totals 113-107 3455-30.6 604-1319 .458 104-301 .346 414-541 .765 135 291 426 3.8 216-0 520 355 59 267 1726 15.3

    Diggins in the BIG EAST Conference

    Season G-S Min-Avg FG-FGA Pct 3FG-3FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg PF-DQ A T B S Pts Avg
    2009-10 16-15 479-29.9 76-172 .442 17-49 .347 53-70 .757 21 38 59 3.7 41-0 50 39 7 36 222 13.9
    2010-11 16-15 507-31.7 71-179 .397 12-39 .308 75-98 .765 21 55 76 4.8 34-0 73 63 6 32 229 14.3
    2011-12 16-16 511-31.9 95-187 .508 12-38 .316 82-104 .788 13 34 47 2.9 22-0 92 40 6 41 284 17.8
    Totals 48-46 1497-31.2 242-538 .450 41-126 .325 210-272 .772 55 127 182 3.8 97-0 215 142 19 109 735 15.3

    1. UconnFan

      All those stats sound good, but she does not rate very well when compared to the Uconn greats and her own team mate McBride was far more valuable and effective against Uconn than she was!

    2. huskypat

      I think this is called copy and paste. I would not have the patience to read this let alone type it – what was your point – that Skylar should be player of the year I guess. Yes, she is a great player among many others – look at the Shimall duo from Louisville – they played outstanding in their run to the National title.
      And, how many teams do you know who could make 16 three pointers in a game? And, who is only one of two teams that beat Baylor this year – who should be player of the year – I could name at least 10 players including Skylar without posting a book about that player’s accomplishments. I really can’t see the point of your post – who are you trying to impress – UConn fans or the basketball world who probably don’t come to the UConn site. Why don’t you copy and paste this and put it on the ND site as you are obviously a ND fan. Maybe then, someone would read it. I agree with UConn Fan in his assessment of McBride’s contribution to the ND wins. So, Skylar for POY – take your rant to where it will be read and maybe appreciated. Besides player of the year, she could also be in line to be CB of the year – that is cry baby of the year. LOL. Good night Chet, Good night David.

    3. Only Me

      I still think Diggins is crap—and you waste a lot of space no one is reading.
      She ain’t so mucking fuch, go in you’re own jack yard and back off.

    4. Nasty Mouth

      Diggins for P.O.Y ???
      P O Y—does that stand for Piss Off Ya All??
      She’s won that award big time. Even Muffet shall be happy when the turd is gone.

  6. Skylar >> Sue + Renee + Jen

    Compare the individual stats. Skylar did not play with 4 other first round WNBA draft picks to help her win a NCAA title like Sue did.

    1. Poisondwarf

      Neither did Diana Taurasi when she won her second and third consecutive NC!

    2. Sue Diggy

      Comparing Sue to Diggins is like comparing fort Knox to a pile of horse manure. (Sue is the fort)
      Sue was and is CLASS. She didn’t score unless the team needed her to score. She dished, had the best assist to TO in the NCAA.
      Sue—No pouting, no running to Geno every stop in the action, no complaining to Refs. No strutting and saying “this is MY house”. That’s school yard antic’s .
      Sue was and is a professional with character–you cannot compare this beautiful, professional, basketball player with character, to the Caricature of Notre Dames lack of class- Diggins is an insult to a truly exceptional lady who has won 3 Olympic titles, upteen european titles, 2 Wnba titles,3 NCAA titles and too many BE titles to count.

  7. beth

    i think that jeff waltz of louisville should have been coach of the year he beat baylor

    1. Kim Jong Un

      Geno should be coach of the year. He beat the Louisville Sluggers. Oh wait. That’s right. Kim beat Geno. Muffet beat Geno 3 times. Muffet beat Jeff. Muffet should be COY. Oh that’s right. She is.

  8. Misty

    To: SKYLAR FOR POY — also known as “Skylar”

    You self promoting dweep!

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