Chris Seto | Feb. 2, 2013 | Guelph (Ontario) Mercury
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA—Natalie Achonwa has a special ritual she runs through before stepping onto the basketball court at the start of every home game.
Usually one of the last players to step out of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish dressing room, the six-foot-three Guelph native cuts through the cheers of screaming fans in Purcell Pavilion and fixes her eyes on one person as she heads out of the tunnel—a five-year-old blonde girl whose high socks match her own.
The two embrace, have a quick chat and then high five before Achonwa takes the stage, and her biggest fan takes her seat. The routine has become a part of the ebb and flow of life in South Bend for the 20-year-old basketball star. This is just part of what it is to be a top player on one of the best college teams in the United States.