Lindsay Allen picks up MVP at Notre Dame women's basketball banquet

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On the heels of a senior year which saw her set Notre Dame and Atlantic Coast Conference single-season and career records for assists, Lindsay Allen claimed Most Valuable Player honors at the Notre Dame women’s basketball awards banquet Wednesday night at the Joyce Center.

Allen earned the Monogram Club’s MVP award and the media’s Woody Miller Player of the Year prize after leading the Irish to a 33-4 record, 15-1 in ACC play. Allen was also the MVP last season.

Junior Brianna Turner was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year for the third time in three seasons. Sophomore Arike Ogunbowale was named the team’s Most Improved Player and senior Kristina Nelson picked up the team’s Spirit Award.

Sophomore Ali Patberg retained the Rockne Student-Athlete Award, presented by the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley, after also taking it as a freshman.

Allen earned her third consecutive finalist nod for the Nancy Lieberman Award presented to country's top guard and a spot on the Associated Press’ All-America third team after racking up 282 assists her senior year, setting school and ACC records. Allen also broke the Notre Dame and ACC career assist records, finishing with 841, good for 22nd in NCAA history.

Allen started the first game of her freshman year and never missed one, starting 149 consecutive games. She logged a school-record 1,279 minutes of game time this season, ranking third nationally, including all 45 minutes of the overtime NCAA second round win over Purdue and nine 40-minute efforts. Allen’s 4,554 career minutes played are second in Notre Dame history behind only Skylar Diggins’ 4,639.

The Irish went 139-10 (.933) with Allen in the lineup, the 139 wins accumulated by her and fellow senior Diamond Thompson making them the third winningest class in school history.

Named to multiple All-America teams, Turner, the two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year, ranked 18th nationally, and paced the ACC with 86 blocked shots — sixth-best for a single season at Notre Dame. She has 263 career blocks, second in Irish history and ninth in ACC history. Turner ranked eighth in the country with a .619 field goal percentage and will enter her final year of eligibility 16th in school history with 1,456 career points.

Ogunbowale earned MVP honors for both the NCAA Regional and the Preseason WNIT and picked up national player of the week accolades from espnW on Nov. 21 for her work in the Preseason WNIT. Ogunbowale started 36 games after not starting any as a freshman, and improved her scoring average by 4.5 points per game to 15.9 and rebound average by 1.4 boards per game to 4.8. Her 3-point shooting percentage jumped from .391 (18-for-46) to .454 (64-for-141) and, with it, came several of the team’s top scoring performances of the season.

Ogunbowale was Notre Dame’s leading scorer a team-high 17 times, peaking with a 32-point effort in the Sweet 16 win over Ohio State. She also scored 30 points in the season-opening win over Central Michigan.

Patberg is a finance major in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, carrying a 3.620 GPA.

Notre Dame’s Lindsay Allen (15) hugs assistand coach Niele Ivey after exiting the game against Boston College, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ