Notre Dame announces G Ali Patberg, F Erin Boley will transfer

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame's roster just got a whole lot thinner.

The Irish announced on Monday that two players — sophomore guard Ali Patberg and freshman forward Erin Boley — intend to transfer following the spring semester. Both players are former national high school players of the year.

A 5-foot-10 guard, Patberg never got going in her two-year stint in South Bend. The Columbus, Ind., native tore the ACL in her right knee prior to the beginning of her freshman season and sat out the entirety of the 2015-16 campaign. She returned to action last season, but the 2015 MaxPreps National High School Player of the Year averaged just 0.8 points and 0.5 assists in 7.7 minutes per game, relegated to the bench behind senior point guard Lindsay Allen.

Moreover, Notre Dame will bring in another veteran point guard — former All-Pac-12 Stanford guard Lili Thompson — via a graduate transfer next season.

Boley's transfer is more perplexing, and likely more damaging in the long term. The 6-2 forward from Hodgenville, Ky. gained steam throughout her freshman season, averaging 6.5 points per game while shooting 39.5 percent from behind the arc. The 2016 Gatorade National Player of the Year broke out in last month's NCAA Tournament, averaging 10 points per game and logging considerable minutes after All-America forward Brianna Turner was lost for the season with a torn ACL.

Notre Dame's remaining returning forwards include Turner (who may miss part of next season while rehabbing the injury), senior Kristina Nelson and junior Kathryn Westbeld.

Notre Dame’s Erin Boley (22) drives in front of Purdue’s Dominique McBryde (20) during a second-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 88-82. (Tribune Photo/Robert Franklin)