TAMPA BAY (WNDU) - Irish forward Brianna Turner perhaps made the play of the game last night as she blocked UConn's Napheesa Collier in the final minute to punch Notre Dame’s ticket to the national championship.That was just one big play of a historic night for the Irish big.
Turner reached several Notre Dame milestones in last night's Final Four win over the Huskies. She became the program’s all-time leader in blocks with 371 career swats as she passes Irish legend Ruth Riley’s mark.
Not only did she surpass Riley in blocked shots but she also joined the former Irish star as the only two players in Notre Dame women’s basketball history to score 2,000 points and haul in 1,000 rebounds.
"I think it’s always amazing to be in the record books next to Ruth Riley," Turner said. "She’s such an ambassador for the program and still an ambassador for the game. But I’m excited that we got the win last night and looking forward to tomorrow."
While Turner is thrilled to cement herself in the Irish record books, she’s just to defend Notre Dame's championship.
"I’m really happy for [Turner] because she is a completely different player than she was two years ago," Irish guard Marina Mabrey said. "Just to go through those injuries and come back even better and stronger and then break the record and have 2,000 points. People dream of that. I’m really happy for her."
But Turner’s only dream now is to win Notre Dame a National Championship tomorrow night. Tip between the Irish and the Huskies is set for 6 PM on ESPN.