NCAA notebook: Notre Dame star Achonwa tore ACL, will miss Final Four



Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa will miss the Final Four with a left knee injury, a big blow to the national championship hopes of the Irish.

Coach Muffet McGraw said Achonwa tore her anterior cruciate ligament in Notre Dame's 88-69 win against Baylor Monday night, calling it devastating for the senior but not a total spoiler for the Irish (36-0).

"We still believe," McGraw said. "She got us to this point, now some one else has to finish it."

Notre Dame will face fellow ACC team Maryland Sunday.

Achonwa was third on the team at 14.9 points per game, but the Irish will miss her most on the boards. She led the team in rebounding with 7.7 per game. Achonwa also was named a third-team All-American earlier in the day.

The first-team All-Americans are Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Breanna Stewart of Connecticut and Odyssey Sims of Baylor, all unanimous choices, as well as Maryland's Alyssa Thomas and Notre Dame's Kayla McBride.

Local all-stars

Robert Morris guard Karvel Anderson, the Northeast Conference player of the year and an honorable mention All-American, and Pitt forward Talib Zanna will play on the East All-Star Team in the Reese's Division I College All-Star Game Friday as part of Final Four festivities at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game, featuring all seniors, will be broadcast at noon Saturday on CBS.

Coaching hires

Marquette hired Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski as its next men's coach. University president-elect Michael Lovell said in a statement that Wojciechowski, 37, has "led under one of the top coaches in the nation" in Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. Wojciechowski replaces Buzz Williams, who abruptly left for Virginia Tech last month after six years at Marquette. ... Louisiana Tech hired Tyler Summitt, the son of legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, to take over the Lady Techsters. Summitt, 23, has not yet been a head coach but was an assistant at Marquette the past two years. ... Louisiana-Monroe's women's program hired Jeff Dow, who has been out of coaching for one season after being dismissed by IUP amid reports that players were unhappy with his coaching methods.

Players on the move

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said he might advise sophomore star Gary Harris to enter the NBA draft. Izzo told reporters if his research leads him to believe Harris would be among the top guards selected in June, he would lean toward telling him to go pro. ... LSU forward Johnny O'Bryant III will forgo his senior season and make himself eligible for the NBA draft. O'Bryant, projected as a late first-round or second-round pick, led LSU in scoring this season, averaging a career-high 15.4 points to go with 7.7 rebounds. ... BYU guard Matt Carlino, who stepped back into the Cougars' starting lineup for the NCAA tournament after Kyle Collinsworth's season-ending knee injury, will transfer for his senior season of eligibility upon graduating in June.


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