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Where Notre Dame ranks in On3 Her post-spring top 25 rankings

IMG_9992by:Tyler Horka05/15/24


The NCAA women’s basketball season is another step closer with the closing of the spring transfer portal window. Notre Dame made good use of it, bringing in Marquette’s Liza Karlen and Pitt’s Liatu King. The Irish only lost Nat Marshall to Miami.

The net gain, along with soon welcoming five-star center Kate Koval to campus, was enough for On3 Her’s Talia Goodman to put Notre Dame No. 5 in her post-spring top 25 rankings.

Hannah Hidalgo, Maddy WestbeldSonia Citron and Olivia Miles’ return from injury was enough for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to be a preseason top-10 team, and then they went ahead and added two big names from the transfer portal,” Goodman wrote.

“The additions of Marquette transfer Liza Karlen and Pittsburgh transfer Liatu King give the Irish depth and experience to an already-loaded roster. Coach Niele Ivey also brings in the No. 5 freshman in Kate Koval.”

Here’s a look at Goodman’s top 25.

On3 Her post-spring top 25 rankings

  1. USC
  2. South Carolina
  3. UConn
  4. Texas
  5. Notre Dame
  6. UCLA
  7. LSU
  8. Iowa
  9. NC State
  10. Duke
  11. Baylor
  12. Oklahoma
  13. Louisville
  14. Kansas State
  15. West Virginia
  16. Ohio State
  17. Iowa
  18. North Carolina
  19. Maryland
  20. TCU
  21. Florida State
  22. Alabama
  23. Indiana
  24. Ole Miss
  25. Utah

Blue & Gold says…
South Carolina is a perennial top 25 team at this point. The defending national champion Gamecocks are forever a threat to win it all with Dawn Staley at the helm. It’s a different USC, though, that could pose the toughest challenge for South Carolina in an attempt to repeat. The Trojans have one of the best players in the country in JuJu Watkins, and they played the portal game just as well if not better than Notre Dame did too.

“They added two of the best available transfers in Stanford star Kiki Iriafen and Oregon State transfer Talia von Oelhoffen,” Goodman wrote. “They also have the best incoming freshmen class in the country, highlighted by Kennedy Smith, a California native who ranks as a top-10 recruit in the country. 

“The team will still be centered around sophomore JuJu Watkins, who plays the game at a higher level than nearly everyone in the country. But having high-level talent surrounding her makes this team my early national title favorite.”

Notre Dame’s Hidalgo also plays it at a higher level than nearly anyone in the country. She’ll have Notre Dame right where Goodman has the Irish for her entire career — in the top five conversation, competing for a national title.

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