Her final athletic turn in college will come on the lacrosse field. The Fighting Irish announced Monday that Mallory has joined their No. 7 women’s lacrosse team.
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“I’m really excited to be able to join the women’s lacrosse team for the rest of the season,” Mallory, a graduate student, said in a news release. “I played in middle school and high school and I love the sport. I’m friends with many of the girls on the team and have missed playing while I have been here at Notre Dame. I just want to come in and help the team in whatever way I can.”
Mallory, a three-time All-Metro basketball player at McDonogh, started all 39 games for the Irish basketball team that reached last week’s national championship game but fell to Baylor, 80-61. Mallory averaged 5.8 points per game but was known for her leadership and defense. She hit a pair of 3-pointers in overtime of the national semifinal to help lift the Irish over Connecticut, 83-75. Seven of her 11 points came in overtime.
She finished her basketball career as Notre Dame’s all-time leader in games played (151) and ranks fifth in steals (272) and sixth in 3-pointers (153).
Mallory first lacrosse game will come on a familiar campus, as the Irish travel to Connecticut on Saturday.
"We are excited to add Brittany Mallory to the roster now that her basketball season/career has come to a close," Irish lacrosse coach Christine Halfpenny said in a news release. "I am excited about the unique contributions that Brittany can add to our already strong and balanced team for the remainder of the season. Without a doubt her championship character will be a natural fit with the goals this team has set for the program."