Notre Dame loses Achonwa to ACL tear

By The Sports Network
April 1, 2014 - 4:06pm

South Bend, IN ( - Notre Dame will be without senior forward
Natalie Achonwa for the remainder of the women's NCAA Tournament.

The school announced Tuesday that Achonwa suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in Monday's win over Baylor that earned the Fighting Irish a Final Four berth. A date for surgery has yet to be arranged.

"Natalie has been an extremely valuable contributor to our success, not only this season but throughout her career, and that won't change," Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said. "While she may not be in uniform, her voice will be heard loud and clear in the locker room, on the bench and in the huddle. I know that our team is going to continue to feed off her energy, passion and leadership as we head into the Final Four."

Achonwa started 33 games for undefeated Notre Dame this season, ranking third on the squad in scoring with a career-high 14.9 points per game and averaging a team-best 7.7 rebounds a contest.