Leigh Torbin | February 12, 2017
The No. 7 Notre Dame women's basketball team comprises a full 10% of the remaining candidates for both the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy. The two national player of the year awards reduced their candidate rolls to 20 and 30, respectively, on Wednesday as Lindsay Allen and Brianna Turner appeared on both lists while Arike Ogunbowale was included with the Naismith Top 30.
On pace to break both the Notre Dame and ACC career assist records over the next couple of weeks, Allen is leading the ACC this season in assists (193), assists per game (7.7) and assist to turnover ratio (3.51). Allen ranks among the top three nationally in each of those categories as well. Allen leads all active players nationally with her 752 career assists. In addition to helping facilitate the offense for the nation's 17th-ranked scoring offense at 78.3 points per game, Allen has helped Notre Dame's defense as she ranks 37th nationally with her 59 steals.
Named a Nancy Lieberman Award finalist on Monday for the third year in a row, Allen has three 12-assist games to her credit this season, one of them coming on Dec. 27 at Chattanooga when she recorded the sixth triple-double in school history. Allen joined Notre Dame's 1,000-point club this season and also became just the fourth Notre Dame player to log over 4,000 career minutes played. She has yet to miss a start in her 137-game career during which Notre Dame has compiled a 128-9 record.
Turner has continued to be one of the country's top performers at both ends of the floor this winter. She is one of just two players nationally to rank in the top 20 for both field goal percentage (58.6%) and blocked shots (57). Turner leads the ACC in both categories along with blocked shots per game (2.28). Just a junior, Turner's 234 career blocked shot already rank second in Notre Dame history behind only the legendary Ruth Riley's 370. The sum also stands 12th in ACC history.