The last few years, Geno Auriemma and Connecticut had the best center and the best point guard in the country. The result was multiple national championships.
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said that this year the Irish have the best point guard in Lindsay Allen and the best center in junior Brianna Turner.
Obviously this all means at the end of the season Notre Dame will be cutting down the nets in Texas come April, right?
If only it were that easy!
Turner is the perfect example of why foregone conclusions in November are sometimes disappointments in April.
Turner is supremely talented, and her on court performance has certainly not disappointed. However, her shoulder has been a problem, and injuries have not allowed her to complete one of her two seasons unscathed.
McGraw, Turner, and all of Notre Dame nation hope that the surgery Turner had in the spring will solve the problems, and allow Turner to lead this year's squad to an NCAA championship.
Blessed with extraordinary instincts and jumping ability, Turner is extremely hard to deal with in the paint on both ends of the court. Despite missing time, last season she was still ACC conference player of the year, and Defensive player of the year. Turner averaged just under 15 points per game, and over seven rebounds per game, shooting 59 percent from the floor.
Turner is a member of our inaugural Dishie All-American team, and is ready to show everyone what she can do in a full, healthy season.
Good luck Brianna, and for you, here is Brianna Turner from ESPN Media Day, in her own words.
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