Notre Dame legend Ruth Riley was named a finalist for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday. Riley was a three-time All-American at Notre Dame, and led the Irish to the program's first national title in 2001.
Riley was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, and also the Naismith Player of the Year for that championship season. She is still the only player in Notre Dame history to record at least 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
She went on to have an extensive career in the WNBA, winning two championships, and won a gold medal with the U.S. Olympic team in 2004.
The announcement came during #1 Notre Dame's 82-68 win over #2 Louisville. After the game, her coach, Muffet McGraw, was beaming when she heard the news.
"I am so proud of her, so pleased that she made the finalist, and so deserving," McGraw said. "She had a great career here, went on to have a great career in the WNBA, played on the Olympic team, she's done it all, and she's represented us so well. I couldn't be happier for anyone."
Riley will find out if she will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on February 4th. The Class of 2019 will be announced at halftime of the Baylor-Texas game, which will be on ESPN2.