#10 Kellie Watson
OVERVIEW: Multi-dimensional wing player whose mix of size and perimeter scoring punch makes her valuable asset in Irish offensive system … dangerous three-point shooter with range well beyond the arc … all-around threat who has potential to be a superb five-tool player … physical presence who can take smaller defenders to the block or drive around taller perimeter guardians … a confounding matchup problem for opposing defenses … strong passer who reads defenses well and has good court awareness … has experience playing all five court positions in high school and brings that versaility to college game … showed good promise during summer workouts … has the desire and passion that may foreshadow breakthrough success in coming months and years.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008-09): Played in all 31 games, averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game … also second on team with 28 three-pointers … saw action in first college game, playing final minute of State Farm Tip-Off Classic victory at No. 24/22 LSU … collected three points and season highs of two assists, two blocks and two steals vs. Evansville … scored seven points against Georgia Southern … exploded for season-high 18 points (6-9 3FG) in 20 minutes vs. No. 24 Michigan State, canning first five three-pointers of game (last three in span of 1:32); six three-pointers tied the Notre Dame Joyce Center record (most by an Irish player in five years) and were two off the school record; also grabbed season-high six rebounds against MSU … registered 13 points (4-6 FG, 3-4 3FG) and season-high-tying six rebounds against No. 17/20 Purdue; keyed first-half surge with three triples in 4:17 span to close period … hit three-pointer with 3:24 left in overtime to give Irish lead at Michigan … tallied nine points and five rebounds in season-high 27 minutes vs. Loyola-Chicago … ignited 22-0 second-half run in comeback win at No. 20/19 Vanderbilt with pair of three-pointers (her only two baskets of the game) … canned 3-of-6 three-pointers against Georgetown, finishing with nine points and season-high three assists … tied personal best with three assists at Marquette … returned to double figures with 10 points (3-7 3FG) while adding five rebounds vs. Cincinnati; buried back-to-back three-pointers 40 seconds apart in the final three minutes to salt away the victory … notched five points and three rebounds at No. 22/24 Pittsburgh … tied season high with three assists at Providence … collected four points and season-high-tying three assists vs. West Virginia.
HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 19.1 ppg. and 8.1 rpg., during four-year prep career at Ionia High School in Ionia, Mich., playing for coach Andy Barr … not often seen by recruiting services because Michigan had fall basketball season prior to 2007-08 … ranked 35th in nation (sixth among small forwards) by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report … 2008 Michigan Miss Basketball … 2008 Gatorade State Player of the Year … 2008 Associated Press Class B Co-Player of the Year (with fellow Notre Dame sophomore Erica Solomon) … two-time Lansing State Journal Player of the Year (2007, 2008) … two-time Lansing State Journal Dream Team (2007, 2008) … 2008 Detroit News Dream Team … four-time all-state selection … four-time all-city choice … four-time all-conference honoree … registered 19.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.6 blocks per game during her senior season … averaged 24.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a junior … played much of final two seasons at less than 100 percent due to shoulder injuries (since repaired) … owns school record — boys and girls — for most career points (1,529), as well as IHS record for most points in a single game (41) … led state of Michigan in three-point percentage as a freshman (.452) … still holds Michigan AAU (11-and-under) tournament record with 52 points for Western Lakers against Flint Affiliation in summer 2002 semifinal (won by Lakers, 59-58 in double overtime) … also standout softball player (power-hitting left-handed infielder) who set single-season school records for doubles (86) and triples (27) while leading IHS to softball and basketball regional titles (one of only four players at school to play on both teams, the only regional titleists in school history) … lauded for her play on the softball diamond, as two-time all-state, three-time all-city and three-time all-conference pick.
PERSONAL DATA: Born May 1, 1990, in Jackson, Mich. … older of two children … parents are Pam and Keith Watson … pairs with fellow sophomore Erica Solomon to give Notre Dame 16 women[apos]s basketball players from the state of Michigan in program history (second only to Indiana[apos]s 19 players) … Watson and Solomon are first Michigan natives to join Irish since Ann Arbor resident (and Huron High School graduate) Julie Henderson suited up from 1996-2000 … enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, but has not yet declared a major … some former Irish players who wore No. 10 include Notre Dame[apos]s career assists leader Mary Gavin, Kara Leary and Adrienne Jordan.
CAREER HONORS:2009:BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Dec. 1, Dec. 8).
Watson[apos]s Career Statistics
Watson in the BIG EAST Conference