(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By TOM COYNE Associated Press The challenge for Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa is to find the right amount of aggressiveness.
When the balance is right, the 6-3 junior from Guelph, Ontario, can have the type of performance she had against South Florida in the Big East tournament, when she had 20 points and 20 rebounds.
When the balance is wrong, she can find herself on the bench in foul trouble, as she did when she played just 16 minutes against Tennessee in January and 14 minutes against Connecticut in the Big East title game, or playing too timidly, as she did in the first half against Kansas last week after being called for a foul three minutes into the game.
''I think there's a balance between not making a silly foul early and having me yell at her for not playing better defense,'' coach Muffet McGraw said Thursday. ''She's got to find that balance. Maybe early on you're not going to be quite as aggressive. You want to be aggressive offensi...