Skylar Diggins: “I’m Just The Poor Man’s Version Of Her”

…daughter both agree. “I came to Notre Dame because I wanted my mom to have my diploma on her wall. I want to make her proud of me,” Diggins says.

South Bend Tribune/JAMES BROSHER Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins, right, shares a hug with her mother, Renee Scott, after a 93-63 win against Kansas in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament on Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Norfolk, Va. Diggins scored 27 points in the win and became Notre Dame's all-time scoring leader.

Photo credit: South Bend Tribune/James Brosher

In Diggins’ home, the division of labor was simple. Mom was in charge of the academics, stepdad covered the basketball. “Renee raised the academic bar and I raised the athletic bar,” Scott says. “No matter how high, Skylar exceeded them.”

“A lot of times to our surprise,” Renee adds.

Don’t think that the mother-and-daughter bond Sklar and Renee share was only while she was growing up. Nope, it’s still there and stronger than ever as Skylar navigates her way through professional basketball and stardom.

“If it wasn’t for my mom, I am absolutely positive, I would have gone crazy.”

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