Blue and Gold Illustrated

January 2015

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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BY LOU SOMOGYI W hen Connecticut defeated the Irish 76-58 on Dec. 6, it snapped Notre Dame's 60-game regular- season and 34-game home win- ning streaks — both of which led the nation. It also evoked memories of where Notre Dame was two years ago when it lost to defending national champ Baylor at home before embarking on the streaks that were ended by the Huskies. Back then, Notre Dame featured a megastar in senior guard Skylar Diggins, a freshman superstar in waiting in guard Jewell Loyd and complementary pieces trying to find their niche. The situation is similar today. Dur- ing No. 5 Notre Dame's 10-1 start be- fore heading into final exams Dec. 15, Loyd was the new megastar and pos- sible front-runner for National Player of the Year honors, 6-3 freshman post player Brianna Turner was the superstar in waiting (projected to return for ACC action after dislocating her shoulder dur- ing a 92-72 win over No. 15 Maryland on Dec. 3) and the complementary pieces were attempting to settle into their roles. Pearls Beyond a Jewell Irish try to find consistent balance in lineup Senior guard Madison Cable, who compiled 20 points and 11 rebounds in a 94-93 overtime victory at DePaul on Dec. 10, has provided a huge boost on both ends of the floor with her energy, hustle and skills. PHOTO BY JOE RAYMOND

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