For the third time this season, Notre Dame freshman guard Jewell Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) has been selected as the BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Week, it was announced Monday afternoon by the conference office.
Loyd is the first three-time recipient of the honor during the 2012-13 season, and she becomes the fifth Fighting Irish women’s basketball player to earn three BIG EAST Freshman of the Week citations in her career (first since current senior guard Skylar Diggins) was a four-time rookie choice in 2009-10).
Loyd nearly averaged a double-double in two games last week, averaging 16.0 points and 9.0 rebounds with a .480 field goal percentage, .750 three-point percentage and .833 free throw percentage to help Notre Dame extend its winning streak to nine games with victories at South Florida and at home against Rutgers.
Loyd registered her first career double-double in Notre Dame’s 75-71 overtime win at USF on Jan. 8, logging 18 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, along with three assists and three steals. On Sunday’s 71-46 victory over Rutgers at Purcell Pavilion, Loyd knocked down 6-of-8 shots (including 2-of-2 from three-point range), finishing with 14 points and five rebounds as Notre Dame posted its fourth consecutive win over the Scarlet Knights (the longest Fighting Irish winning streak in the 29-game series with Rutgers).
Ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll for the second consecutive week, Notre Dame (14-1, 3-0 BIG EAST) continues its three-game homestand at 7 p.m. (ET) Tuesday when it plays host to Georgetown at Purcell Pavilion. A limited number of tickets remain for the game (call 574-631-7356 or visit UND.com/tickets for details).