It was all about Skylar Diggins Sunday night in Chicago as fans watched the Notre Dame star play close to home for the first time in the WNBA as part of the Tulsa Shock. There were plenty of people there at the All State Arena to watch number four play.
Among them was Irish head coach Muffet McGraw, who said she felt much more like a mom and not a coach.
Skylar’s dad and high school coach, Mo Scott, described the outpouring of fans as a great testament to the amount of support the city of South Bend has for Skylar.
Diggins said, “It was great seeing my family; they are so supportive. And Notre Dame fans are the best fans in the country, so I knew they were coming out. It is just great to see some familiar faces that you haven’t seen in a while. I am so glad I got to see them and they got to see me play.”
Unfortunately they were not treated to a victory as the Shock fell 92-71, dropping their record to 0-4. This is the first time in Skylar’s life that she has lost four consecutive games. Diggins was upset afterwards and she’s the first to admit she’s already sick of losing. She says she will enjoy the WNBA more once she starts winning. It’s her competitive nature.
Then Skylar exited the locker room and headed back to the court where thousands of her fans awaited her arrival. And that brought on a whole new level of emotions.
Diggins sat down for a 25 minute Q&A session with her most loyal fans and it got emotional. Diggins broke down in tears as she told her fans she loved them.
“Look at me–I’ve barely been gone two weeks and I’m already crying,” Diggins said to laughter.
Among those in attendance were Skylar’s parents, her brother, and many other members of her family who were “Can you Digg it?” shirts. Representing Notre Dame were Muffet McGraw, her husband Matt, Irish assistant coach Niele Ivey, former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan, Dr. Fred Ferlic and thousands of Irish fans who wore their Notre Dame women’s basketball shirts.
Many of Skylar’s former teammates at Notre Dame including Kalia Turner, Ariel Braker, Whitney Holloway and Jewell Loyd were there too.