Rachel Brady | Mar. 20, 2014 | The Toronto Globe and Mail
Meet Natalie Achonwa.
The senior forward from Guelph, Ont., stands an imposing 6-foot-3 and has WNBA teams watching intently ahead of this spring’s draft. She’s co-captain of a University of Notre Dame squad that went 32-0 (the best regular season in school history) and has played in the past three NCAA women’s Final Fours, falling achingly short of a title each time. She was the youngest player on the 2012 Canadian Olympic team, and many call her the future keystone of the women’s national program.
While much of the focus is on the many Canadian men leading their U.S. college basketball teams into March Madness, there are also 11 Canadians playing in the women’s championship tournament – one of them is Achonwa, 21, who has a serious shot at a title with top-seeded Notre Dame.