Notre Dame Women's Basketball | Dec. 1, 2013 | Notre Dame Athletics
Natalie Achonwa joked that her Notre Dame teammates say she is from the whole country of Canada, not just from her hometown of Guelph or the province of Ontario.
The Canadian-born senior had 11 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 5 Notre Dame rout Duquesne 100-61 on Sunday at Ryerson University.
"Playing the national anthems for both countries was really an emotional moment," Irish coach Muffet McGraw said. "I thought that was a great thing, and I'm really glad we were able to come and bring Natalie home."
Achonwa, who has played on the Canadian national team and grew up in the area, was thrilled to share Notre Dame basketball with family and friends.
The energy level in the gym was audibly different when she took an elbow to the eye at 5:52 of the second half and limped off the court. Achonwa returned to cheers from the crowd after the gash was treated to record her 21st career double-double.
The Olympian hoped young players with NCAA ambitions were among the sellout crowd of 933 at Mattamy Athletic Centre.