#24 Hannah Huffman
2015: ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2014: ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2013: BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
OVERVIEW: Nicknamed “Huff” … was one of Notre Dame’s most improved players during her final two seasons and developed into a reliable member of Irish second unit … value was never more apparent than in closing seconds of 2015 NCAA Final Four win over South Carolina, when she came off bench to blanket USC’s All-America guard and two-time SEC Player of the Year Tiffany Mitchell and prevent her from getting clean look at a game-winning shot, sending Notre Dame to its fourth NCAA title game in five years … had non-stop motor and never gave up on any play … was one of physically-strongest female student-athletes during her career at Notre Dame … blend of agility, physicality and bulldog mentality made her a valuable contributor at a number of court positions … spent time as both a post as a wing player during her Irish career … her versatility also was important in Notre Dame’s varied offensive sets … solid perimeter shooter who could also take her opponents off the dribble.
SENIOR SEASON (2015-16): Saw action in all 35 games, earning five starts (the first of her career) … for second year in a row, set career highs in nearly every statistical category, including scoring (2.5 ppg.), rebounds (2.8 rpg.), field-goal percentage (.571), assists (1.5 apg.), steals (0.9 spg.) and minutes played (14.2 mpg.) … tied (then) career high with game-best seven rebounds in victory over Toledo … delivered five points, four rebounds and two assists in road win at Valparaiso … earned first career start in Junkanoo Jam opener vs. Denver, picking up four rebounds and three assists … started and grabbed career-high nine rebounds (seven offensive) while adding two points and three assists in win over No. 10/12 Ohio State … had six points and two assists in season high-tying 19 minutes against No. 18/17 DePaul … made her only shot to beat halftime horn against No. 10/9 Oregon State, a pivotal basket in a one-point ND win … tied season high with two steals against Georgia Tech … offered key contributions at Pittsburgh, logging four assists and three steals (all in fourth quarter) … played big role down stretch in win at Georgia Tech with season-high eight points (six in final 2:46, including career high-tying 4-6 FT) and four rebounds … scored clinching layup with 45.5 seconds left and also grabbed two rebounds in Big Monday win at Duke … had three points and career high-tying (and game-best) four assists in victory at No. 13 Louisville … collected five points and game-high (and season high-tying) three steals in win at Wake Forest … tallied four points and six rebounds in road victory at No. 12/9 Florida State … earned starting nod against Clemson in place of injured Kathryn Westbeld and responded with five points, four rebounds and career-high five assists … gained Senior Day start against Boston College, notching two points and two assists … balanced line in ACC Tournament quarterfinal win over Duke with six points, team-high seven rebounds, three assists and two steals … added six rebounds apiece in ACC Tournament semifinal vs. No. 21 Miami and title game vs. No. 17 Syracuse … packed stat sheet in NCAA Championship first-round win over North Carolina A&T with four points, five rebounds and career high-tying five assists … had six rebounds in NCAA second-round win vs. Indiana … registered four points and two rebounds in NCAA Sweet 16 game against No. 13/16 Stanford.
JUNIOR SEASON (2014-15): Played in 37 games and raised the bar with career statistical bests in most categories, including scoring (2.2 ppg.), field-goal percentage (.532), assists (1.0 apg.), steals (0.8 spg.) and minutes played (10.9 mpg.) … totaled (then) career highs in points (8), field goals made (4) and field goals attempted (6) against UMass Lowell … played important 11 minutes while team was in foul trouble at No. 15/17 Michigan State, tallying four rebounds and game-high three steals … tied (then) career high with eight points (4-6 FG) against Chattanooga to highlight a productive game that also saw her grab three rebounds and dish out three assists … grabbed career-high seven rebounds against Holy Cross … scored in double figures for first time in career against Harvard with 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-4 FT), while matching career high with three steals and one block … totaled game- and career-high four steals against Kansas, along with three rebounds and two points … grabbed four rebounds and scored two points against No. 3 UConn … made all three shots from the field against Michigan, winding up with six points and three rebounds … key contributor off the bench at No. 21/22 Syracuse with six points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 19 minutes … finished with seven points (3-5 FG), three rebounds and two steals versus Boston College … filled every column on stat sheet with four points (2-3 FG), three assists, one rebound, one block and one steal at Clemson … totaled a point, two rebounds, an assist and a steal versus Virginia in eight minutes of action … contributed four points, two assists, a block, a steal and a rebound at Boston College (second time in five games she filled every column on box score) … collected two points, career-high two blocks and an assist in regular-season finale at N.C. State … tied season high with three assists in NCAA first-round win over Montana … did bit of everything in NCAA Sweet 16 win over No. 14/17 Stanford with four points (2-2 FG), five rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal (fourth time she filled every column on box score) … played key defense down the stretch in the NCAA Final Four win over No. 3/4 South Carolina, helping stifle USC All-American Tiffany Mitchell on final possession and prevent possible game-winning shot; also had two rebounds in five minutes.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013-14): Earned playing time in 32 games, averaging 1.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game … posted career highs with four assists, five rebounds (tied) and 23 minutes played in season opener against UNC Wilmington … contributed four points and career high-tying five rebounds against Valparaiso … tied career high with five rebounds against South Dakota State … recorded first career blocked shot vs. Boston College … had two points, one assist and one block at Pittsburgh … collected two points, three rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes against Miami … finished with two rebounds, two assists and career high-tying two steals against Syracuse … made only shot attempt (two points) at No. 13/17 N.C. State … tied season high with four points (2-2 FG) in ACC quarterfinal win over Florida State … matched career high with five rebounds (three offensive) and added two assists in ACC semifinal victory over No. 14/17 North Carolina State … grabbed two rebounds in NCAA first-round win over Robert Morris … tied season high with four points (2-2 FG) in NCAA national semifinal victory vs. No. 11/9 Maryland … had two points and steal in closing moments of NCAA national championship game against No. 1 Connecticut.
2013 EUROPEAN TOUR: Played in all three games, averaging 2.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest (the latter figure ranking third on the team) … had four points, 11 rebounds and three assists in tour-opening win over Barking Abbey … collected two points and six rebounds in tour finale, the second of two victories over French All-Star Team.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012-13): Appeared in 25 games in her first college season, averaging 1.9 points and 2.0 rebounds per game … had (then) season highs of five points and five rebounds in college debut, a home-opening win over UMass … played season-best 19 minutes against Mercer …matched season high with five rebounds against Utah State, and also had season-best two steals in 11 minutes … tied (then) season high with five points against Alabama A&M, while also adding two rebounds and two steals … collected four points and two rebounds against Kansas State … scooped up five rebounds (tying season high) and dished out season-best two assists against Saint Francis (Pa.) … in first BIG EAST action of career, had two points and three rebounds in four minutes against Rutgers …had six points (1-1 FG, season-high 4-4 FT) in five minutes against Georgetown … … tied (then) season bests with six points and five rebounds against Providence … turned in best day of young career at Marquette, posting career highs of seven points (2-3 FG, 3-4 FT) and three assists in 17 minutes … set new career standards at DePaul by going 3-for-5 from field en route to finishing with six points in eight minutes …filled role nicely once again with two points and four rebounds at Providence … scored first points of NCAA postseason career with late basket in five minutes of opening-round win over Tennessee-Martin …scored two points and grabbed four rebounds in six minutes of NCAA Sweet 16 win over Kansas.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Carondelet High School in Concord, California, where she helped the Cougars to a combined record of 112-20 (.848) while playing for head coach Margaret Gartner … career per-game statistical averages of 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.7 steals … challenged (and in many cases, topped) school’s career records for points, rebounds, assists and steals, many of which were held by former Stanford/current WNBA center Jayne Appel … helped team reach California Interscholastic Federation Division I (large school) state finals twice before falling to nation’s top-ranked team (2009 – Brea Olinda HS, 2010 – Mater Dei HS) and also made Division I state semifinals once (2011) … team also won two NorCal (Northern California) titles (2009, 2010) and three North Coast Section (NCS) titles (2009, 2010, 2012), while finishing as runners-up for both crowns in 2011 … also won four East Bay Athletic League championships and posting a 55-1 league record in that time (2009-12) … as a senior in 2011-12, paced Carondelet to 28-4 record while averaging 18.7 ppg., 7.1 rpg. and 2.4 spg., shooting .463 from the field and .796 from the foul line … as a junior in 2010-11, helped Carondelet to 28-4 record and No. 20 national ranking by MaxPreps while averaging 16.3 ppg., 6.3 rpg., 3.6 apg., 3.5 spg. and 1.2 bpg. (led team in scoring assists and steals, finished second in rebounds and blocks) … shot 53-percent from the floor, including 48-percent from three-point line, both of which also were team highs … averaged 31.0 ppg. in final three games of state tournament, including a game-high 30 points in NorCal Division I championship game vs. Berkeley … team also finished as runner-up at West Coast Christmas Jamboree (nation’s largest high school tournament; fell by two points to Long Beach Poly in Platinum Division final) … as sophomore in 2009-10, helped team to a 27-8 record while averaging 10.0 ppg., 4.2 rpg., 3.9 apg., and 2.3 spg., and shooting 48-percent from the field … as freshman in 2008-09, contributed to 29-6 squad by averaging 9.0 ppg., 3.0 rpg., 3.0 apg. and 2.2 spg., with a 53-percent shooting accuracy from the field … played for high-powered East Bay Xplosion AAU team and coach Mark Anger, with most notable summer tournament title during her career coming at 2009 Deep South Classic in Chapel Hill, North Carolina … AAU program has produced numerous other former NCAA Division I and current WNBA players including Appel (Stanford/San Antonio Stars), Courtney Paris (Oklahoma/Dallas Wings), Jacki Gemelos (USC/Chicago Sky) and Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma/San Antonio Stars).
PREP AWARDS/HONORS: 2012 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) honorable mention All-American … two-time Sporting News honorable mention All-American (2011, 2012) … one of five finalists for 2012 ESPNHS/Cal-Hi Sports California Miss Basketball honors … 2012 MaxPreps California Division II Player of the Year … two-time NorCal Preps/Rivals.com Northern California Player of the Year (2011, 2012) … two-time consensus all-state selection (2011, 2012) … four-time first-team all-state choice in her class by ESPNHS/Cal-Hi Sports … two-time first-team all-region pick by NorCal Preps/Rivals.com (2011, 2012) … 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Metro Player of the Year … two-time San Francisco Chronicle Contra Costa/Tri-Valley Player of the Year (2011, 2012) … two-time San Francisco Chronicle first-team all-metro selection (2011, 2012) … three-time Contra Costa Times All-East Bay honoree (first team in 2011 and 2012; third team in 2010) … two-time East Bay Athletic League Most Valuable Player (2011, 2012) … four-time all-EBAL choice (first team in 2010, 2011 and 2012; second team in 2009) … ranked 27th by All-Star Girls Report … ranked 52nd by ESPN Hoopgurlz … ranked 63rd by Blue Star Basketball … ranked 91st by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
PERSONAL DATA: Daughter of Kim and Lon Huffman … has younger brother, Joe … father, Lon, in a 1986 graduate of Notre Dame and played golf for the Fighting Irish for three seasons (1984-86) under head coach Noel O’Sullivan, helping Notre Dame win four tournaments and finish in top three at Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League) Championships all three years, including runner-up finish in 1986 … seventh California resident to compete for the Notre Dame women’s basketball program, and the first since 2007, when Rancho Cucamonga native Crystal Erwin graduated … first full-time member of Fighting Irish from northern California since 1984, when Davis resident (and current NASA Deputy Administrator) Dava Newman played for Notre Dame (although in 1997, student manager Christy Grady, a Lodi native, supplemented an injury-riddled Fighting Irish roster by suiting up for a handful of postseason games during Notre Dame’s run to its first NCAA Women’s Final Four appearance) … will graduate in May 2016 from Notre Dame’s top-ranked Mendoza College of Business with her bachelor’s degree in finance … earned three conference academic honors in first three seasons, garnering spot on 2012-13 BIG EAST All-Academic Team before making ACC Academic Honor Roll the next two years (2013-14 and 2014-15) … completed summer 2015 internship with Deloitte, the world’s largest business professional services corporation, working out of the company’s San Francisco Bay Area offices in their technology consulting division with one of Deloitte’s Fortune 50 clients, Hewlett-Packard, as part of HP’s pending split into two Fortune 50 companies (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.) – also had opportunity to meet Deloitte Chief Executive Office Cathy Engelbert, the first female ever to hold CEO title at a “Big Four” professional services corporation and also a 1986 graduate of Lehigh University (where she was a walk-on basketball player for current Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw and was named Most Valuable Player of the 1986 East Coast Conference Tournament, won by McGraw’s Lehigh squad that went 24-4 that season) … some other Fighting Irish players who wore No. 24 include Lindsay Schrader, Kathy Barron and Janice Crowe.