Feb. 3, 2016
By Chris Masters
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Brittany Mallory (’11), a co-captain on the 2011 and 2012 University of Notre Dame women’s basketball teams that advanced to the NCAA Women’s Final Four and finished as NCAA finalists, has been named to the 12th annual class of ACC Women’s Basketball Legends, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Mallory and the rest of the 2016 ACC Legends Class (which includes 15 former student-athletes who represent four decades of women’s basketball) will be honored at the annual ACC Women’s Basketball Legends Brunch at 10 a.m. (ET) March 5 in Greensboro, North Carolina. The group then will be introduced to the crowd at the Greensboro Coliseum at halftime of the first ACC Tournament semifinal that afternoon.
The ACC Women’s Basketball Legends program honors both players and coaches from each of the ACC’s 15 schools who have contributed to the conference’s rich tradition. The full list of this year’s ACC Women’s Basketball Legends can be found on the conference’s official web site, theacc.com.
Tickets to the ACC Women’s Basketball Legends Brunch are priced at $35 each and can be purchased online at http://theacc.co/WBB16LEGENDSTIX.
“I am so honored to even be considered, let alone be selected, as Notre Dame’s representative in this year’s ACC Legends class,” Mallory said. “This means so much to me on so many levels. I gave my heart and soul to the Notre Dame women’s basketball program during my five years and I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything. This just gives me that little bit of confirmation that my time at Notre Dame had an impact on others.
“I’ve learned so much from Coach (Muffet) McGraw and the rest of the staff, skills that have translated into life lessons for me,” Mallory added. “My time and experiences at Notre Dame really shaped me as a person, and I credit so much of my personal success to being a part of the Notre Dame women’s basketball program. I consider all of my teammates my lifelong friends, and really my sisters, and we were so lucky to have been able to experience the best time of our lives together. Notre Dame will always hold a special place in my heart and I can’t thank everyone enough who has had a part in getting me to where I am today.”
A gritty, feisty guard, Mallory was one of the cornerstones of Notre Dame’s NCAA finalist squads in 2011 and 2012. The Baltimore native still holds the program record for career games played (151) and she ranks among the top 10 in school history for career steals (6th — 272) and three-pointers made (7th — 153). A two-year team captain, she helped the Fighting Irish to 120 wins, four Sweet 16 appearances and two Final Fours during her four full seasons, having missed the majority of the 2008-09 season with a knee injury.
Mallory also rose to the occasion on the biggest stages, none larger than at the 2012 NCAA Final Four, when her two three-pointers in overtime lifted Notre Dame to an 83-75 win over UConn and the program’s second consecutive national championship game appearance.
Mallory earned her bachelor’s degree in management-entrepreneurship from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in 2011, and currently lives in her hometown of Baltimore, where she works as a supply chain analyst for global security firm Northrop Grumman and serves as an assistant girls’ basketball coach at Seton Keough High School.
For more information on the Notre Dame women’s basketball program, visit the main women’s basketball page on the University’s official athletics web site (UND.com/ndwbb), sign up to follow the Fighting Irish women’s basketball Twitter and Instagram pages (@ndwbb), like the program on Facebook or register for the Irish ALERT text-messaging system through the “Fan Center” pulldown menu on the front page at UND.com.
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Chris Masters, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2001 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women’s basketball and women’s golf programs. A native of San Francisco, California, Masters is a 1996 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, earned his master’s degree from Kansas State University in 1998, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).