Michelle Smith | March 13, 2015
In-season performance trumped preseason hype.
Notre Dame's Jewell Loyd is espnW's National Player of the Year, which might be something of a surprise considering that Connecticut's Breanna Stewart is widely regarded as the best women's college player in all the land.
But while Stewart was adjusting to a new role with the Huskies, and Connecticut once again rolled through the American Conference without much resistance, Loyd has propelled Notre Dame to another stellar season.
The junior shooting guard came up big in the biggest games, and led the Irish to another ACC title in one of the most competitive conferences in the country.