The inspirational journey of Hannah Hidalgo began with her parents, according to the Notre Dame freshman.

Hidalgo, 19, enters March Madness after her first ACC tournament.

She was conference Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year entering the playoffs. She won and was MVP.

She joins former Duke star Elizabeth Williams as the only 2012 athlete to be named Defensive athlete and Rookie of the Year.

She is also scoring at an ACC rate not seen since Arike Ogunbowale left South Bend for the WNBA in 2019.

Guard Hidalgo has everything. She leads the Fighting Irish in games played (32, tied with senior backcourt partner Anna De Wolfe), minutes (35.8), points (23.3), assists (5.5), turnovers (3.4), and steals (4.6).

The guard averages 6.4 rebounds, shoots 45% from the field, 35% from 3-point range, and 78% from the free-throw line.

 In national scoring, she is third behind Iowa's Caitlin Clark (31.9) and USC freshman JuJu Watkins (23.2), ahead of Villanova's Lucy Olsen (23.2).

Hidalgo admitted earlier this year: "Defense wins championships, offense wins games. My nature is defense. I'm proud of my defense."

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