Blue and Gold Illustrated

June-July 2016

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

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL BY LOU SOMOGYI N otre Dame is ESPN's and Sports Illustrated's way-too- early pick to win the 2017 national title — but for now the Fighting Irish coaching staff is attempting to scale other "heights." One of the main reasons Notre Dame is a preseason favorite to win its first national title since 2001 is the presence of 6-3 junior Brianna Turner. She was the Gatorade Na- tional Player of the Year as a 2014 high school recruit, and she has al- ready earned first- and second-team All-America notice from several outlets during her first two years in South Bend. However, in both the 2015 and 2016 recruiting efforts, Notre Dame did not sign a true post player to complement Turner. In 2015, Notre Dame inked three McDonald's All-American guards in Marina Mabrey, Arike Ogunbowale and Ali Patberg — and the latter also was MaxPreps National Player of the Year. SEEKING NEW HEIGHTS Post players are a prime emphasis in the 2017 recruiting cycle Incoming freshman Erin Boley provides some height at 6-2, but also can play along the perim- eter. PHOTO BY ANTHONY BROWN

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