Leigh Torbin | March 29, 2017
Two of the players who helped lead the Notre Dame women’s basketball team to a fourth consecutive outright ACC regular season championship, fourth straight ACC Tournament championship and the NCAA’s Elite Eight were recognized for their work on Monday. Junior Brianna Turner earned a spot on the Associated Press’ All-America second team while senior captain Lindsay Allen claimed a spot on the All-America third team.
Allen set both Notre Dame and ACC single season records with 282 assists on her way to setting both Notre Dame and ACC records with 841 career assists. A first-team all-ACC performer, Allen led the elite league in assists (282), assist-to-turnover ratio (3.57) and assists per game (7.6) this year, also standing in the top four nationally for all three categories. Additionally, Allen ranked 36th nationally with her 83 steals this year, finishing her career in seventh place on the Irish career chart with 229. Notre Dame played 149 games while Allen was on campus and she started every one of them, believed to be an NCAA record for 149 consecutive starts. The Irish won 139 of those 149 games started by Allen. Her 1,319 career points tie Devereaux Peters for 21st in Irish lore.
Turner is one of the country’s top players at both ends of the court, leading the ACC in both field goal percentage (.619) and blocked shots (86). Turner stands eighth nationally in shooting percentage and, with just a handful of games left to be played nationally, seems destined to rank in the top 10 for the third consecutive year.