Leigh Torbin | April 8, 2017
On the heels of a senior year which saw her set Notre Dame and Atlantic Coast Conference single-season and career records for the most assists, Lindsay Allen claimed Most Valuable Player honors at the Irish women's basketball team's annual awards banquet, held on Wednesday night on the floor of Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
Allen earned both the Monogram Club's MVP award and the media's Woody Miller Player of the Year prize. It is the second consecutive year for Allen to claim the Monogram Club MVP. Allen is the fourth repeat winner of the Monogram Club MVP award, joining two-time recipients Charel Allen (2007-08) and Melissa Lechlitner (2009-10) and four-year MVP Jacqueline Batteast (2002-05).
Junior Brianna Turner was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year for the third time in three seasons for the Irish. Sophomore Arike Ogunbowale was named the team's Most Improved Player and senior Kristina Nelson picked up the team's Spirit Award. In addition, sophomore Ali Patberg retained the Rockne Student-Athlete Award, presented by the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley, after also taking it as a freshman.
Allen earned her third consecutive finalist nod for the Nancy Lieberman Award and a spot on the Associated Press' All-America third team after racking up 282 assists her senior year alone -- setting school and ACC records. Allen also broke the Notre Dame and ACC career assist records, finishing with 841, a sum that stands 22nd in NCAA history. Allen led the ACC this year, and ranked second nationally, with both those 282 assists and her 3.57 assist-to-turnover ratio. Allen earned ACC Tournament MVP honors after recording a tournament record 33 assists over Notre Dame's three-game run to the title, including a career-high 13 in the championship game win over Duke. Allen also added 83 steals on defense this year, ranking 36th nationally. She is seventh in school history with 229 career steals and has matched Devereaux Peters for 21st place on the Irish career scoring chart with 1,313 career points.