Dec. 5, 2016
By Leigh Torbin
One of the most decorated high school stars in Indiana high school basketball history picked up one of her first collegiate honors on Monday as Notre Dame’s Jackie Young was named the ACC’s Rookie of the Week.
Young had a break-through game in Sunday’s 114-54 win over Valparaiso, scoring 20 points ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” the high-water mark of her young Irish career. Young connected on eight of her nine shots in the contest and went 3-of-4 from 3-point range. She also had a career-high six steals against the Crusaders to go with five rebounds and three assists. Earlier in the week, Young tallied five points and grabbed three rebounds as the Irish claimed a 73-58 win at Iowa on Nov. 30 during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Young is averaging 10.2 points per game over her first six contests with the Irish. She averages 4.7 rebounds per game and has 11 assists in those six games. Her 6-for-11 mark from 3-point range (54.5%) stands third in the ACC behind only Florida State’ Leticia Romero and Irish teammate Arike Ogunbowale.
The #2/1 Irish will face a stern test on Wednesday night when #1/2 Connecticut comes to Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center for a 7 p.m. contest. ESPN2 will broadcast the game nationally.
Leigh Torbin, athletics communications associate director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2013 and coordinates all media efforts for Notre Dame’s women’s basketball and men’s golf teams. A native of Framingham, Massachusetts, Torbin graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He has previously worked full-time on the athletic communications staffs at Vanderbilt, Florida, Connecticut and UCF.