I asked AI information bot ChatGPT to list what it believes are Notre Dame’s top 10 men’s basketball players. It only makes sense for me to give the women equal treatment. Plus the women have both a better recent past and future than the men. You know people want to know who’s made the program so special.
Please note that ChatGPT’s knowledge cuts off at September 2021, so you won’t find olivia miles on this list. Heck, she probably wouldn’t have made it anyway since she just completed her sophomore season. She still has a legacy to complete.
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Here is ChatGPT’s disclaimer regarding the list:
“As a language model, I do not have personal opinions or beliefs, and my responses are generated based on data and information available to me. However, I can provide you with a list of some of the most notable Notre Dame women’s basketball players, based on their achievements, accolades, and impact on the program.”
It also says this:
“Please note that this list is not exhaustive and is subject to personal opinions and interpretations. There have been many talented and accomplished players in Notre Dame women’s basketball history, and different people may have different criteria for their top 10 selections.”
With that out of the way, let’s see who the information bot has deemed worthy of making this list and what it had to say about each player:
Nov 9, 2012; Mount Pleasant, SC, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Natalie Achonwa (11) shoots a free throw against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half of the 2012 Carrier Classic on the USS Yorktown. The Irish defeated the Buckeyes 57-51. Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
“Achonwa played college basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 2010 to 2014. During her college career, she was a key contributor to the team’s success, helping them reach the NCAA Final Four three times and the championship game twice. She was named to the All-Big East First Team and the All-ACC First Team in her senior year.
After college, Achonwa was selected ninth overall by the Indiana Fever in the 2014 WNBA draft. She has also played professionally in Europe for several teams, including USK Praha in the Czech Republic and Fenerbahce Istanbul in Turkey.
Achonwa has also been a member of the Canadian women’s national basketball team since 2010. She has represented Canada in several international competitions, including the FIBA World Championships and the Olympic Games. She won a gold medal with Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games and a bronze medal at the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.”(Video) Make Money on YouTube in the Sports Niche WITHOUT Showing Your Face
Feb 25, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Brianna Turner (11) shoots a free throw against the Syracuse Orange during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
“During her college career, she was one of the top players in the country, earning multiple awards and honors. She was named the ACC Player of the Year in her senior year and was a three-time All-American.
After college, Turner was selected 11th overall by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2019 WNBA draft. In her rookie season, she was named to the All-Rookie Team and helped the Mercury reach the WNBA semifinals.
Turner has also been a member of the United States women’s national basketball team. She won a gold medal with the U.S. team at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup and a silver medal at the 2019 FIBA AmeriCup.”
Jan 29, 2017; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish assistant coach and former player Beth Morgan-Cunningham gives remarks after being inducted into the Notre Dame Ring of Honor following the game against the Virginia Cavaliers at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 82-74. Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
“Cunningham played college basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 1994 to 1998. She was a standout player for the team, earning multiple awards and honors, including being named a Kodak All-American in her senior year.
After college, Cunningham played professionally in the WNBA for five seasons, from 1999 to 2003. She played for the Charlotte Sting, the Portland Fire, and the Indiana Fever during her WNBA career.
After retiring as a player, Cunningham began her coaching career. She served as an assistant coach for several college teams, including Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Notre Dame. In 2007, she was named the head coach of the Virginia Commonwealth women’s basketball team, where she coached for seven seasons. In 2014, she became the head coach of the women’s basketball team at her alma mater, Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, Virginia.”
Mar 31, 2014; Notre Dame, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Kayla McBride (21) smiles after making a free throw in the second half against the Baylor Bears in the finals of the Notre Dame regional in the 2014 NCAA Tournament at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 88-69. Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
“During her college career, she was one of the top players in the country, earning multiple awards and honors. She was a two-time All-American and was named the ACC Player of the Year in her senior year.
After college, McBride was selected third overall by the San Antonio Stars (now the Las Vegas Aces) in the 2014 WNBA draft, since earning multiple All-Star selections and helping the Aces reach the WNBA Finals in 2020.
McBride has also played professionally overseas, including for the Turkish team Fenerbahçe Istanbul and the Australian team the Melbourne Boomers. She has also been a member of the United States women’s national basketball team, winning gold medals at the 2014 FIBA World Championship and the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.”
Feb 16, 2017; Clemson, SC, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Lindsay Allen (15) calls a play during the second half against the Clemson Lady Tigers at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Fighting Irish won 84-80. Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
“Allen played college basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 2014 to 2017. During her college career, she was a key contributor to the team’s success, helping them reach the NCAA championship game twice. She finished her college career as the all-time assist leader at Notre Dame and was named to the All-ACC First Team in her senior year.
After college, Allen was selected 14th overall by the New York Liberty in the 2017 WNBA draft.
Allen has also played professionally overseas, including for the Israeli team Maccabi Bnot Ashdod and the Spanish team Perfumerías Avenida. She was also a member of the United States women’s national basketball team that won a gold medal at the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship.
Allen has also been involved in community service efforts, including working with the Special Olympics and volunteering at a children’s hospital.”
01 Apr 2001: Niele Ivey #33 of Notre Dame shoots the in the finals of the NCAA Women’s Final Four at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Notre Dame won 68-66. Andy Lyons/ALLSPORT
“Ivey played college basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish women’s basketball team from 1996 to 2001. She was a key player for the team, helping them reach the Final Four twice and earning multiple All-Big East honors.
After college, Ivey played professionally before returning to Notre Dame to serve as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team from 2007 to 2019. During her time as an assistant coach, Notre Dame won a national championship and made seven Final Four appearances.
In 2020, Ivey was hired as the head coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of Notre Dame. She led the team to a 10-10 record in her first season as head coach. She previously left Notre Dame in 2019 to become an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA. She became the ninth female coach in NBA history.”
Nov. 20, 2004; South Bend, IN USA; Notre Dame’s Jacqueline Batteast celebrates Notre Dame’s 66-62 win over Ohio State in the closing seconds of the championship game of the preseason WNIT Nov. 20, 2004 at Notre Dame’s Joyce Center. Photo By Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
During her college career, Batteast was a dominant force for Notre Dame. She was a four-time All-Big East selection and a two-time All-American, and she finished her college career as the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. She helped lead Notre Dame to three NCAA tournament appearances.(Video) Andrea Botez Outplays His Opponent In A Chess Game || Chess Funny Moments
After college, Batteast was selected 10th overall by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2005 WNBA draft. She played for the Lynx for three seasons before being traded to the Los Angeles Sparks in 2008. She also played professionally overseas, including for the Turkish team Galatasaray Istanbul.
Batteast retired from professional basketball in 2010 and has since worked as a basketball analyst for ESPN and as a motivational speaker. She was inducted into the Notre Dame Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.”
Apr 5, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Arike Ogunbowale (24) celebrates during the final seconds of the second half in the semifinals of the women’s Final Four of the 2019 NCAA Tournament against the UConn Huskies at Amalie Arena. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
“Ogunbowale played college basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish women’s basketball team from 2015 to 2019. She was a standout player for the team, earning multiple All-American honors and helping lead them to the NCAA championship game twice, including a game-winning buzzer-beater shot in the 2018 championship game. She finished her college career as Notre Dame’s all-time leading scorer.
After college, Ogunbowale was selected fifth overall by the Dallas Wings in the 2019 WNBA draft. She had a stellar rookie season, averaging 19.1 points per game and earning the WNBA Rookie of the Year award. In 2020, she was named to the WNBA All-Star team and led the league in scoring with an average of 22.8 points per game.
Ogunbowale has also played professionally overseas, including for the Turkish team Ormanspor and the Italian team Virtus Bologna. She has also been involved in various community service efforts, including working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and serving as an ambassador for the Special Olympics.”
1 Apr 2001: Ruth Riley #00 of Notre Dame takes a shot as Camille Cooper #42 and Shalicia Hurns #44 of Purdue defends during the finals of the NCAA Women’s Final Four at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Andy Lyons/ALLSPORT
“Riley played college basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish women’s basketball team from 1997 to 2001. She was a key player for the team, earning All-American honors and helping lead them to the NCAA championship game twice, including a championship win in 2001. She finished her college career as Notre Dame’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder.
After college, Riley was selected fifth overall by the Miami Sol in the 2001 WNBA draft. She played for the Sol for two seasons before being traded to the Detroit Shock in 2003. With the Shock, she won two WNBA championships and was named the WNBA Finals MVP in 2003. She also played professionally overseas, including for the Spanish team Ros Casares Valencia and the South Korean team Samsung Bichumi.
Riley retired from professional basketball in 2016 and has since worked as a basketball analyst for ESPN and as a motivational speaker. She has also been involved in various charitable organizations, including serving as an ambassador for Nothing But Nets, a campaign to raise awareness and funds to fight malaria in Africa. Riley was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.”
Apr 2, 2013; Norfolk, VA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Skylar Diggins (4) celebrates on the court against the Duke Blue Devils in the second half in the 2013 NCAA womens basketball tournament at Ted Constant Convocation Center. The Fighting Irish won 87-76. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
“Diggins-Smith played college basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish women’s basketball team from 2009 to 2013. She was a standout player for the team, earning multiple All-American honors and helping lead them to the NCAA championship game twice. She finished her college career as Notre Dame’s all-time leading scorer and steals leader.
After college, Diggins-Smith was selected third overall by the Tulsa Shock (now the Dallas Wings) in the 2013 WNBA draft. She had a successful career with the Shock/Wings, earning multiple All-Star selections and leading the team to the playoffs multiple times. In 2020, she was traded to the Phoenix Mercury.
Diggins-Smith has also played professionally overseas, including for the Turkish team Galatasaray and the Chinese team Xinjiang Magic Deer. She has been involved in various philanthropic efforts, including serving as an ambassador for the Special Olympics and working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She is also an advocate for mental health awareness and has spoken publicly about her own struggles with depression.”
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