Kate Ford eyes Notre Dame record books

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — After four phenomenal seasons with the Fighting Irish, Notre Dame’s Kate Ford is just nine points away from becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer.

She puts that same amount of hardwood hard work into her academics. That’s why she’s our Scholar Athlete of the Week.

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“Kate’s everything to our team,” teammate Averie Sheppard said. “She’s the leader. She always has been. Even as a freshman, she’s always been the leader.”

Senior point guard Kate Ford is the leader for the Fighting Irish — not just in the huddle, but in the record books as well. She tops the team in nearly every category. Not to mention she’s expected to break the school’s scoring record next week — a record that’s been held since a decade before she was born.

“She’s knocking down crazy shots, scoring a crazy amount of points, and it’s great for everyone,” Sheppard said.

“I’m sure she’ll get it, which is an extremely, incredible honor for her, coming a long way from her freshman year,” Coach Jason Hill said.

It’s a moment everyone has been waiting for.

“There’s pressure already and this is just like a little added pressure, but it’s exciting too,” Ford said. “I’d say I’m more excited than nervous. I didn’t ever think I’d get it at all.”

“I mean, I know I’m going to cry,” Sheppard said. “When she hit her 1,000 points, I started balling, and this is so much bigger.”

Ford is equally talented in class, maintaining top grades while commuting 30 to 40 minutes from Cleveland each day.

“That’s a hard thing to have to do, to drive that far, to put that much time and still be successful in the classroom and on the court. So we’re really proud of her for how much effort she puts into both,” Hill said.

“It’s tough, but it’s definitely worth it. I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else,” Ford said.

Ford is expected to break the school’s scoring record during Tuesday’s home game against Chattanooga Christian. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."