Leigh Torbin | March 2, 2017
A week’s worth of ACC postseason honors began to roll out on Tuesday and the success of the No. 3 Notre Dame women’s basketball team was duly noted. Both Lindsay Allen and Brianna Turner earned a spot on the league’s Blue Ribbon media panel’s all-ACC first team while Jackie Young was honored with a spot on that group’s all-freshman team.
More league honors will be unveiled throughout the coming week surrounding the 40th annual ACC Tournament in Conway, South Carolina, for which the Irish hold the top seed.
Allen has yet to miss a start in her 142 games at Notre Dame and, on Sunday, tied the school’s 30-year-old career assist record with 778. On the season, she has helped 219 buckets, ranking fifth on the school’s single-season chart. The two-year team captain also stands eight assists shy of breaking the ACC career assist record of 785 set from 2004-08 by Virginia’s Sharnee Zoll. Allen both leads the ACC and ranks among the top six nationally in assists, assists per game and assist to turnover ratio. She chips in 9.2 points per game and has 67 steals to place among the league leaders there as well.
Reflecting her all-around game, Turner is one of just two players nationally (with West Virginia’s Lanay Montgomery) to rank in the top 16 nationally for both field goal percentage and blocked shots. Turner leads the ACC in both of those categories as well. Just a junior, she already stands 11th in league history with 254 career blocked shots and fourth with her .621 career field goal percentage. Turner turned in six double-doubles this season and made perhaps her greatest impact when she scored a career-high 31 points in the win at No. 21 Syracuse. Turner, who leads Notre Dame at both 15.5 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game, earned ACC Player of the Week recognition Dec. 12.