You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Notre Dame

  • Bye gives beat-up Irish needed rest
    Notre Dame may be 3-0, but coach Brian Kelly said the upcoming bye week is a welcome sight since he has such a banged-up team.
  • Irish get the message
    INDIANAPOLIS – Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly didn’t scream at his players during halftime at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night. That wouldn’t have been him.
  • Boilers-Irish will take break
    For 69 years, there’s been one certainty concerning Purdue and Notre Dame football: the in-state foes would play in a rivalry that dates to the 19th century.
Associated Press
Notre Dame guard Lindsay Allen and Connecticut guard Moriah Jefferson collide during the second half of the NCAA championship game Tuesday.
Notre Dame notebook

Freshman guard’s poise amazes

Experience from high school helps Allen keep focus

– The Notre Dame women’s basketball team never wavers when asked to explain the success of freshman point guard Lindsay Allen.

Her uncommon poise and composure, teammates say, are beyond her years.

It is why the veterans wasted no time worrying over how Allen would perform in Tuesday’s NCAA championship game against fellow unbeaten Connecticut, which defeated the Irish 79-58.

Allen scored a game-high 28 points as a senior at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., in a 67-66 win in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game.

Allen leaned on that experience the night before the biggest game of her life.

“It’s just that experience of being in a championship,” Allen said. “In high school, I went to four straight title games. (I learned) the focus that you need to have.”

Toll taken

Notre Dame senior forward Ariel Braker said she would not continue playing basketball now that her college career is complete. Her body has taken a pounding over the last four years.

“It’s been tough,” Braker said. “It’s been worth it going to the Final Fours all these years. I don’t have legs left.”

Associate head coach Carol Owens had been reminding Braker throughout the NCAA tournament how many games she had remaining.

Then on Tuesday, Owens delivered the final countdown: 40 minutes.

“It is bittersweet,” Braker said. “I will miss playing, but I won’t be tearing apart my body. I will have fun watching.”

Bedtime story

Irish guard Michaela Mabrey was happy to have her father, Roy, in the stands at Bridgestone Arena.

Mabrey just wasn’t sure he was able to sleep Monday night waiting for the game.

His daughter, on the other hand, never worried about getting the necessary shut-eye.

“I can sleep pretty well no matter what,” the New Jersey native said.

“I need my sleep.”