Dec. 28, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Three days after Christmas, University of Notre Dame women’s basketball junior guard/captain Lindsay Allen (Mitchellville, Md./St. John’s College) found one more present under the tree with her name on it.
For the first time in her stellar career, Allen was chosen as the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, sharing the honor with Virginia’s Faith Randolph on Monday, following a vote of the conference’s Blue Ribbon Panel, which is comprised of the ACC’s 15 head coaches, local and national media members and the women’s basketball media relations directors for each school.
Allen is the second Fighting Irish player in the past three weeks to earn the ACC Player of the Week award. Graduate student guard Madison Cable (Mt. Lebanon, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) also picked up her first-ever conference weekly honor on Dec. 14. In addition, Notre Dame has had a pair of freshman guards garner ACC Rookie of the Week accolades this season, with Marina Mabrey (Belmar, N.J./Manasquan) taking the prize on Nov. 30, and Arike Ogunbowale (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) doing likewise on Dec. 14.
A 5-foot-8 point guard, Allen flirted with a triple-double in Notre Dame’s final game before the Christmas holiday, collecting 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, along with a career high-tying nine assists, a season-high seven rebounds and two steals in a 91-55 Fighting Irish win on Dec. 21 at Saint Joseph’s (Pa.). Allen outscored the host Hawks all by herself in the third quarter, tallying eight points during a period when Notre Dame dominated Saint Joseph’s, 26-7.
A preseason all-ACC selection this year, and honorable mention All-America choice last season, Allen has started all 88 games in her career to date (the third-longest stretch of consecutive games started in program history). She currently averages 10.1 points per game and leads the ACC in assists (5.6 apg.), while ranking third in the conference with a 2.48 assist/turnover ratio.
Third-ranked Notre Dame (10-1) returns from the Christmas holiday at 7 p.m. (ET) Monday when it plays host to No. 10/9 Oregon State at Purcell Pavilion. The game will be televised live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app, and it can be heard on the radio in South Bend on Pulse FM (96.9/92.1) as well as free of charge around the globe through the official Fighting Irish athletics multimedia platform, WatchND (watchnd.tv) and the WatchND app.
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).