The 2012 NCAA Tournament selection show for women's basketball takes place on Monday night, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are expecting to grab a No. 1 seed in the bracket. After amassing an impressive 30-3 record and going 15-1 in the Big East, the Irish ladies squad is probably a favorite to make the Final Four along with the Connecticut Huskies, Baylor Bears and Stanford Cardinal.
A big reason for the success of the team has been stellar play from junior guard Skyler Diggins, who has been named one of the 15 finalists for the 2012 John R. Wooden Award that will be presented to the nation's top women's college basketball player. As UND.com explains, Diggins has had quite a year already:
Diggins is the only BIG EAST player to rank among the top five in the conference in three of the five major statistical categories. She leads the BIG EAST in both assists (5.7 apg.) and steals (2.7 spg.), and is fourth in scoring (17.0 ppg.), in addition to posting a conference-best 2.08 assist-to-turnover ratio, and ranking among the top 10 in the league in free throw percentage (eighth - .794) and field goal percentage (eighth - .508). She also wrapped up the BIG EAST regular season statistical titles in assists (5.8 apg. - second ND player to win BIG EAST assist title, first since current Fighting Irish assistant coach Niele Ivey in 1999-2000), steals (2.6 spg.) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3), and finished league play among the top 15 in the BIG EAST in scoring (third - 17.8 ppg.), field goal percentage (ninth - .508) and free throw percentage (12th - .788).
Select first and second round games will take place at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, so if you would like to catch some of the action live, it isn't a long trip to make. Here is some information to help you find the selection show on Monday night:
Date and Time: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. CT
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