For the sixth time in her All-America career, Notre Dame senior guard/co-captain Skylar Diggins has been selected as the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week.
It’s also the second time this season Diggins has earned the award (one of three players in the conference to garner the award twice this year), with her six career honors standing as the second-most by a Notre Dame player in program history, topped only by Ruth Riley’s eight citations from 1997-2001.
Last week, Diggins averaged 22.0 points, 7.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game with a .559 field goal percentage and 2.8 assist/turnover ratio as No. 2/3 Notre Dame ran its winning streak to 19 games and remained unbeaten in BIG EAST play with convincing wins over No. 10/11 Louisville (93-64) and Marquette (87-49).
Diggins had nearly identical statistical lines in both games, chalking up 21 points (on 9-of-13 shooting), seven assists and four steals in the nationally-televised Big Monday win over Louisville on Feb. 11 at Purcell Pavilion (Notre Dame’s seventh in eight games against a ranked team, and third in four outings against a top-10 opponent). She then added a game-high 23 points (on 10-of-21 shooting), seven assists and four steals in Sunday’s win on the road at Marquette.
In the latter game, Diggins achieved two historic milestones, becoming the first Notre Dame women’s basketball player to amass 2,000 points/500 rebounds/500 assists in her career (on a rebound with 12:43 left in the first half) and then moving into second place on the Notre Dame all-time scoring list (now with 2,131 points, passing Katryna Gaither’s 2,126 points from 1993-97 on a layup with 18:31 left in the second half).
For the season, Diggins ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in scoring (16.2 ppg.), while leading the conference in assists (5.8 apg) and also placing in the top 11 in the conference in free throw percentage (3rd - .823), steals (3rd - 2.9 spg.), assist/turnover ratio (6th - 1.76) and three-point percentage (11th - .347). She also ranks 25th in the nation in assists and 35th in steals this season.