Hannah Hidalgo brings Notre Dame basketball program two new honors

The Notre Dame basketball star is giving the women's team an edge it could turn into a long tournament run in the not too distant future.

Jan 27, 2024; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Hannah Hidalgo (3) reacts
Jan 27, 2024; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Hannah Hidalgo (3) reacts / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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Another day, another plaudit to Notre Dame basketball player Hannah Hidalgo. The freshman guard has had a season for the ages and it’s not really even close to being over. As the calendar starts to move towards March Madness, it appears the rookie shooter is going to be carrying her term to a potential long run in the tournament.

Until the time comes for her to try that, she’ll just have to keep bringing home honors that few players in the women’s basketball program have ever seen before. On Tuesday, she actually got two different honors that show just how much noise she’s making in her first year on the collegiate level.

First, she captured her third USBWA Tamika Catchings National Freshman of the Week award. This is added to the numerous, numerous times that she’s been named the ACC Freshman of the Week.

Just a few hours after she was given that honor, she was added to the list of 20 players who are still on the John Wooden Award watch list. That means that the Notre Dame basketball star has already made the first cut for this award. And honestly, it would be hard to think she won’t make many more cuts after that.

Should Hannah Hidalgo manage to actually win the award, it would be the first Notre Dame basketball player to get that honor. She certainly seems like the best chance the Fighting Irish have had at the award in quite some time.

Notre Dame basketball star Hannah Hidalgo keeps impressing

The latest honors come in the wake of Hidalgo having arguably the best game of her Irish career last week. She helped lead Notre Dame to a win over the Connecticut Huskies by scoring 34 points and 10 rebounds. She also had 6 assists.

That performance was her sixth straight game in which the Notre Dame basketball star scored at least 20 points and 11th time in her last 12 outings.