Kayla McBride

Kayla McBride#23

OVERVIEW: McBride is a powerful, athletic wing player who blends sharp scoring mentality and polished playmaking with rugged physicality. Known to her teammates as "K-Mac," McBride is a danger on the perimeter with a reliable three-point shot, and a threat in the paint with her fearless nature driving the lane and attacking the rim. She's also a smooth ballhandler with good court vision and solid passing skills, while her polished defensive presence and determination make her a threat at both ends of the floor, and she will be counted on to be a critical part of the Fighting Irish rotation in 2011-12.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2010-11): Appeared in 19 games, starting four times … averaged 8.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, and shot .557 from the field … collected eight points and three steals in college debut against New Hampshire … dropped in game-high 14 points (7-11 FG) while adding six rebounds and two steals against Morehead State ... (read more)

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Villa Maria Academy in Erie, Pa., where she was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner under head coach Scott Dibble, helping Victors to combined record of 106-15 (.876) with two Pennsylvania Class AA state titles (2009, 2010) and a state runner-up finish (2007) in her prep career ... (read more)

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Helped United States to a gold medal at the 2010 FIBA U18 Americas Championship in Colorado Springs ... started all five games for Team USA, averaging 8.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game with a .500 field goal percentage and .846 free throw percentage (tied for fourth on team in scoring and free throw percentage).

PERSONAL DATA: Born June 25, 1992 ... daughter of LuAnn and Lamont McBride ... oldest of four children ... fifth Pennsylvania resident to join Notre Dame women's basketball program, and the first since two-time honorable mention All-America wing/WNBA veteran Charel Allen (Monessen/Monessen HS) from 2004-08 ... (read more)

 

 

 

 


 


FRESHMAN SEASON (2010-11): Appeared in 19 games, starting four times … averaged 8.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, and shot .557 from the field … collected eight points and three steals in college debut against New Hampshire … dropped in game-high 14 points (7-11 FG) while adding six rebounds and two steals against Morehead State … played season-high 33 minutes against #15 UCLA, tallying 11 points (2-3 3FG), four rebounds and season-best three assists …made first career start at #9/10 Kentucky, dishing out career-high four assists while pouring in 10 points against the Wildcats … filled the stat sheet against Butler with 11 points, five boards, three assists and a pair of steals … steady outing with nine points vs. Creighton … tied a season best with six boards at Valparaiso while adding seven points … posted best day of young career vs. Loyola Marymount with personal bests of 20 points (9-14 FG) and six rebounds … stayed hot with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting with four boards against Southeast Missouri State … tied for team-high scoring honors with 14 points, while adding career-high-tying six rebounds against Louisville … had successful homecoming to western Pennsylvania in win at Pittsburgh, pouring in eight points along with five boards and three assists … missed remainder of season while successfully attending to an off-the-court issue.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Villa Maria Academy in Erie, Pa., where she was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner under head coach Scott Dibble, helping Victors to combined record of 106-15 (.876) with two Pennsylvania Class AA state titles (2009, 2010) and a state runner-up finish (2007) in her prep career ... 2010 McDonald's High School All-American ... 2010 Parade second-team All-American ... 2010 ESPN RISE second-team All-American ... 2010 MaxPreps fifth-team All-American ... 2010 ESPN Hoopgurlz All-Star Team ... 2010 Gatorade Pennsylvania High School Player of the Year ... two-time Pennsylvania Class AA Player of the Year (2009, 2010) ... three-time all-state selection (2008 - third team, 2009, 2010 - first team) ... three-time first-team all-region pick (2008, 2009, 2010) ... 2007 Western Pennsylvania Freshman of the Year and recipient of the Swintayla Cash Award ... ranked 20th by both ESPN Hoopgurlz (fourth among shooting guards) and Blue Star Basketball ... ranked 22nd by All-Star Girls Report (also fourth among shooting guards) ... ranked 68th by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report (11th among shooting guards) ... career per-game averages of 14.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.3 steals ... in final two seasons (when VMA compiled 55-5 record and won back-to-back state championships), she averaged 19.1 ppg., 9.8 rpg. and 4.4 spg. ... as senior in 2009-10, led Villa Maria to a 28-2 record and its second consecutive state championship ... averaged 20.5 ppg., 11.8 rpg. and 5.6 spg., including 29 points and 11 rebounds in Class AA state final against York Catholic ... as junior in 2008-09, helped VMA to 27-3 record and state title, while team rose as high as 15th in ESPN Hoopgurlz East Region rankings during season ... posted team highs of 17.3 ppg., 7.8 rpg. and 4.6 apg., along with 3.1 spg. and .820 free throw percentage ... as sophomore in 2007-08, sparked top-ranked team in Pennsylvania to 24-5 record while averaging 13.0 ppg., 6.8 rpg., 4.5 apg., 3.1 spg. and shooting .730 from foul line ... as freshman in 2006-07, served as top reserve ("sixth man") on Class AA state runner-up squad that went 27-5; she averaged 6.7 ppg., 4.3 rpg., 1.6 spg. and 1.3 apg. with a .740 free throw percentage that season ... graduated as Villa Maria's all-time lead scorer with 1,727 career points ... tallied career highs of 32 points and 14 rebounds in the same game -- a 2009 victory over Oak Hill Academy (Va.), which was ranked 16th in the nation at tipoff ... also sharpened her skills on AAU circuit, playing final three years for Erie Irish AAU under head coach Doug Chuzie, following one season with the Western Pennsylvania Bruins (coached by Hal Kestler).

PERSONAL DATA: Born June 25, 1992 ... daughter of LuAnn and Lamont McBride ... oldest of four children ... fifth Pennsylvania resident to join Notre Dame women's basketball program, and the first since two-time honorable mention All-America wing/WNBA veteran Charel Allen (Monessen/Monessen HS) from 2004-08 ... one of three McDonald's High School All-Americans on 2011-12 Irish roster along with Devereaux Peters (2007) and Skylar Diggins (2009) ... hails from same hometown as Notre Dame associate director of operations & technology Angie Potthoff, who was a standout player at Mercyhurst Prep from 1989-93 (leading the school to a state title in 1991) and is a member of the Erie Metropolitan Sports Hall of Fame ... recently completed Notre Dame's unique First Year of Studies program ... some other Fighting Irish players who have worn No. 23 include Comalita Haysbert, Stacy Fields and Melissa Lechlitner.