OVERVIEW: Simply put, you can't keep her down. After battling two ACL injuries and three related surgeries, which caused her to miss large portions of her first three seasons, Peters emerged as a dominant force in the paint in 2010-11. Nicknamed "Dev," she is known for her passion and intensity on the court and unfailing friendly, outgoing attitude off the court. She has the ability to change the game on offense with her quickness and versatility, ability to beat opponents off the dribble or face up and hit the mid-range jumper. Most impressively, she runs the floor extremely well for a player of her size, making her an important asset in the transition game. On defense, her massive 77-inch (6-foot-5) wingspan helps make for an extremely disruptive presence, both in the press and on the back line of the defense in half-court situations. Her agility allows her to elevate quickly for rebounds and blocked shots. Like most of the Fighting Irish players, she comes from a winning tradition in both high school and AAU ball, owning a pedigree that breeds even more hunger and desire for success. Returning for a final year of eligibility in 2011-12, Peters is on track to be one of the nation's elite post players.
SENIOR SEASON (2010-11): Earned State Farm Coaches All-America honorable mention status … (read more)
JUNIOR SEASON (2009-10): Got late start to season while finishing rehabilitation protocol from her second knee surgery … (read more)
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008-09): Appeared in three games (one start), averaging 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game with .688 field goal percentage and six blocks … (read more)
FRESHMAN SEASON (2007-08): Earned BIG EAST All-Freshman Team honors ... (read more)
HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 12.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game with .600 field goal percentage during four-year career at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Ill. ... (read more)
PERSONAL DATA: Born Oct. 8, 1989, in Chicago ... older of two children ... first name pronounced DEV-er-OH ... (read more)
SENIOR SEASON (2010-11): Earned State Farm Coaches All-America honorable mention status … State Farm Coaches All-Region I Team … BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year (joined Connecticut's Maya Moore as only players to rank in top 15 in conference in three major defensive categories of rebounds, blocks and steals) … first-team all-BIG EAST … State Farm Holiday Hoops Classic Most Valuable Player … tied school record by starting all 39 games … ranked third on team in scoring (career-high 11.9 ppg.) and tops in rebounding (career-high 7.5 rpg.), blocks (1.7 bpg.), field goal percentage (.593) and double-doubles (career-high 10) … was also fourth in steals (1.7 spg.) … made big splash in season opener vs. New Hampshire with career-high 23 points (career-high 11 FGM on 13 FGA), eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks in only 16 minutes … her first career "point-a-minute" game … collected eight points, four rebounds and four steals against Morehead State … recorded three-straight double-digit scoring performances at the WBCA Classic while shooting .652 from the floor ... also drained each of her 11 free throws and pulled down 18 rebounds during the three-game stretch … one of her two blocks at #2/3 Baylor was a second-half rejection of 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner, the first time she was stuffed during her college career … had career-high six assists vs. Creighton … rejected four shots at Valparaiso … earned State Farm Holiday Hoops Classic MVP honors after averaging 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.5 steals with .684 FG% (13-19) in two-game event … rang up second career double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds against Gonzaga … delivered 16 points (8-9 FG), six rebounds and five steals vs. Loyola Marymount (first "5-5-5" game of year) … averaged 12.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game with .581 FG% (18-31) and two double-doubles in 54 total minutes (18.0 per game) from Dec. 29-Jan. 1, including 13 rebounds in just 14 minutes against Southeast Missouri State … drained 9-of-12 shots for game-high 18 points vs. Marquette ... also registered eight boards, two blocks and four steals … added third double-double of the season (17 pts., 11 rebs.) with four swats against #2 UConn … scored 14 points (7-9 FG) vs. Louisville … nabbed fourth double-double (15 pts., 10 rebs.) at Pitt … grabbed 12 boards vs. #16/17 Georgetown … piled up 14 points, 10 rebounds (her fifth double-double) and season-high five blocked shots in win over #RV/23 St. John's – her second "5-5-5" game of season … netted 20 points (4-4 FT) while charting nine boards, one block and four steals to limit Villanova … tallied 15 points and 11 boards against #RV/25 Syracuse to register her sixth double-double ... also posted four assists and two steals … added 10 points and five boards against Seton Hall … hit 20-point mark for third time this season with game-high 21 points against Rutgers, while also registering six rebounds, two blocks and four steals … dodged foul trouble to grab game-high eight rebounds in 21 minutes at #2 Connecticut … dropped in 8-of-10 shots for 16 points in win at #19/18 West Virginia ... also had five rebounds and three blocks … registered 12 points and 10 rebounds for her seventh double-double of season against Cincinnati ... also notched two assists, three blocks and three steals … netted 15 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals at #12/11 DePaul … converted layup with 30 seconds left to give Irish one-point lead … piled up 19 points, nine rebounds, career-high-tying six blocks and three steals against Louisville in BIG EAST quarterfinal – her third "5-5-5" game of the season … had 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in BIG EAST semifinal win over #9/13 DePaul … collected 12 points, six rebounds and four blocks in NCAA first round win at Utah … racked up eighth double-double of season (first in NCAA play) with 17 points and team-high 12 rebounds in second-round win over Temple … collected her ninth double-double (17 points, 13 rebounds) in NCAA Sweet 16 win over #21/20 Oklahoma; also posted four assists, three blocks and four steals … despite foul trouble in Elite Eight win over #4 Tennessee, still tallied seven points and five rebounds, connecting on two huge baskets during late second-half run that knocked out Lady Vols … turned in exceptional performance against Texas A&M in NCAA national championship game with 21 points and 11 rebounds, her 10th double-double of the season (most by a Fighting Irish player in one year since 2003-04, when Jacqueline Batteast had 13).
JUNIOR SEASON (2009-10): Got late start to season while finishing rehabilitation protocol from her second knee surgery ... played in career-high 25 games ... logged 6.7 points per game ... ranked second on team in rebounding (career-high-tying 5.6 rpg.) and led team in blocks (1.2 bpg.) ... made first appearance in 13 months at UCF, playing 10 minutes (two points, two rebounds, two blocked shots) ... continued return from knee surgery with seven points, eight rebounds and four blocks in 14 minutes against No. 18/16 Vanderbilt ... packed stat sheet at Purdue with six points, game-high eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals; also had defensive play of night, blocking Samantha Woods' game-tying three-point attempt in right corner with four seconds left ... played first BIG EAST game in 23 months vs. Villanova, finishing with six points, four rebounds and three steals ... had best game since return from knee injury at No. 1 Connecticut, scoring team-high 12 points (6-11 FG) and grabbing eight rebounds ... tallied six points, five rebounds and two steals in win at Louisville ... offered boost off bench vs. Providence with eight points (4-7 FG) and four rebounds ... played season-high 28 minutes at Syracuse, finishing with five points, team-high seven rebounds and season-best four steals ... scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds at Rutgers; seven points (season-high 5-6 FT) and four rebounds came in final five minutes after RU came within two points ... efficient 10 minutes vs. Pitt (six points, five boards) ... fueled second-half surge vs. DePaul with six of eight points and all seven rebounds in final 20 minutes ... delivered strong all-around game at No. 22/23 St. John's with nine points, and career highs/game bests of 14 rebounds and six blocks in season-high-tying 28 minutes; was first "5-5-5" game of season (third of career) ... nearly had another "5-5-5" game vs. Marquette, finishing with seven points, nine rebounds and season-high-tying four steals ... contributed balanced line at Seton Hall with eight points, team-high eight rebounds, season-high-tying three assists, three blocks and two steals ... rose to the occasion in regular season finale vs. No. 1 Connecticut with career-high-tying 15 points (6-10 FG) and team-best seven rebounds in 20 minutes ... popped in 11 points (5-7 FG) and nabbed seven rebounds in BIG EAST second-round win over Louisville ... chalked up 13 points (11 in second half) and added five rebounds, season-high-tying three assists and three steals of BIG EAST quarterfinal victory over No. 16 St. John's ... had seven boards in BIG EAST semifinal vs. No. 1 Connecticut ... made NCAA Championship debut in first-round win over Cleveland State, tallying 12 points (5-8 FG) and five rebounds (four offensive) ... tied career high with four assists in NCAA second-round win over Vermont.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008-09): Appeared in three games (one start), averaging 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game with .688 field goal percentage and six blocks (2.0 per game) ... looked sharp in State Farm Tip-Off Classic at No. 24/22 LSU, coming off bench to play 28 minutes, notching 12 points, team-high six rebounds, three blocks and three steals ... earned starting nod vs. Evansville, registering six points and four rebounds ... collected four points, three rebounds, two blocks and two steals in only 16 minutes at Boston College; injured left knee at 13:04 of first half (four minutes after entering), but feeling little discomfort, returned to play 12 minutes later in game ... injury later diagnosed as season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ... played in less than 30 percent of team's games and thus did not lose a year of athletic eligibility ... underwent successful two-part corrective surgery in February and May 2009.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2007-08): Earned BIG EAST All-Freshman Team honors … saw action in 23 games (two starts), averaging 9.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game with team-leading 1.96 blocks per game, and .522 field goal percentage ... posted 45 blocks, the third-highest total ever by an Irish freshman ... made college debut vs. Miami (Ohio), coming off the bench to register six points, eight rebounds and game-high five blocks in 15 minutes ... had four points, team-high eight rebounds and three steals against Western Kentucky ... turned in strong performance off the bench at No. 3 Maryland, collecting 12 points (first career double-figure scoring game), six rebounds and two blocks ... carded four points, seven rebounds and three blocks at Central Michigan ... registered four points, three assists and three steals against Boston College ... returned to double figures with 12 points against Canisius, while also chipping in six rebounds and three blocks ... notched 10 points, four rebounds and three steals in victory over Michigan ... tossed in 14 points, as well as three more steals and four blocks in overtime win at Bowling Green ... had five points (including first-half three-point play) and six rebounds at Purdue ... tallied 10 points, three blocks and two steals in win over Valparaiso ... collected 11 points and four blocks at IUPUI ... registered 10 points, eight rebounds and season-best four assists in win over Saint Francis (Pa.) ... scored 12 points at Richmond ... came off bench to tally 10 points and eight rebounds vs. No. 3 Tennessee ... made first start at Louisville, scoring six points ... notched two points, five rebounds and three steals at No. 16 West Virginia ... had season-high 15 points, six rebounds and season-best seven steals vs. Villanova ... scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds at Georgetown ... against No. rv/25 DePaul, snared eight rebounds while adding seven points and three blocks ... posted first career double-double with 10 points and season-high 12 rebounds against No. 1 Connecticut ... efficient against Providence with 12 points and four rebounds ... made most of 15 minutes at Cincinnati, tallying 12 points and five rebounds ... scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds in 13 minutes vs. No. 15 Pittsburgh on Feb. 10 before suffering left knee injury at 13:44 mark of second half; injury later confirmed to be a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ... underwent successful corrective surgery in April 2008.
HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 12.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game with .600 field goal percentage during four-year career at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Ill. ... ranked 21st in nation (fourth among power forwards) by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, 24th in nation by Blue Star Basketball, 31st in nation (seventh among power forwards) by All-Star Girls Report and 35th in nation (12th among forwards) by ESPN Hoopgurlz ... McDonald's All-American (2007) ... Parade third-team All-American (2007) ... USA Today third-team All-USA selection (2007) ... four-time Street & Smith's honorable mention All-American (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) ... Illinois Miss Basketball runner-up (2007) ... two-time first-team all-state selection (2006, 2007) ... two-time adidas Top Ten Camp All-Star (Upperclass - 2005; Underclass - 2004) ... Most Outstanding Player of 2007 Illinois Class 2A Tournament after leading Fenwick to first state title since 2001 (15.3 ppg., 8.0 rpg., 4.7 bpg., .621 FG% in three-game state tournament with double-doubles in semifinals and final) ... team ranked sixth in final 2006-07 USA Today Super 25 poll with 36-2 record ... team logged 135-11 (.925) record during her career.
PERSONAL DATA: Born Oct. 8, 1989, in Chicago ... older of two children ... first name pronounced DEV-er-OH ... daughter of Denise Gladden-Peters and R. Delacey Peters, Jr. ... uncle, Tom Seabron, was defensive end/linebacker on Michigan football team (1975-78) and later was chosen by San Francisco 49ers in fifth round of 1979 National Football League draft ... joins junior guard Kaila Turner and freshman guard Whitney Holloway as three of 13 Illinois natives in program history; including Peters, Turner and Holloway, 12 of those players have come from Chicagoland area ... continues long line of successful student-athletes who have moved on to Notre Dame from Fenwick High School, most notably 1953 Heisman Trophy winner John Lattner ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters as a film, television & theater major ... only fifth player in program's history to wear No. 14, and first since Lisa Kuhns completed her career in 1990.