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ND's Loyd is national freshman of year
ND's Loyd is national freshman of year

Notre Dame guard Jewell Loyd was named Thursday as National Freshman of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Loyd, a Niles West product from Lincolnwood, earlier had been named Big East Freshman of the Year. She averaged 12.5 points per game while logging the second-highest number of minutes (31 per game) for the No. 2 Irish, who meet No. 3 Connecticut in Sunday's NCAA semifinal in New Orleans.  Only All-America point guard Skylar Diggins played more (31.8). "Jewell has really added another weapon for us that maybe we haven't had in the past," Diggins said in the USBWA statement announcing Loyd's award.  "She's so athletic,...

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