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Inaugural Season: 1977-1978
Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference
Location: Notre Dame, Ind.
Arena: Purcell Pavilion at the Edmund P. Joyce Center
Head Coach: Muffet McGraw
Athletic Director: Jack Swarbrick
Notre Dame Lady Irish Basketball TicketsThe Notre Dame Lady Irish basketball team is a Division I basketball program that currently competes in the NCAA's Atlantic Coast Conference. The Lady Irish are the winners of two NCAA Championships. The first NCAA Tournament victory for the women of Notre Dame came in 2001. The 2001 team was led by Ruth Riley, a 6-foot-5 center who went on to star in the WNBA after her time at Notre Dame. Riley and the Lady Irish bested the Lady Boilermakers of Purdue 68-66 in the tournament final. The second championship for the women's basketball program of Notre Dame took place in 2018. The Lady Irish made the largest comeback in Final Four history and got a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Arike Ogunbowale to beat the Lady Bulldogs of Mississippi State 61-58.The Lady Irish of Notre Dame have also made it to the Final Four nine times and have been the NCAA Tournament runners-up on five occasions. Get your Notre Dame Lady Irish Basketball tickets at StubHub.
Where can I see the Notre Dame women's basketball team play?The Lady Irish play their home games at Purcell Pavilion at the Edmund P. Joyce Center. Purcell Pavilion was added to the center in 2009 at a price of $26.3 million. The Pavilion includes 9,149 seats with matching blue backs and provides a great atmosphere for fans to enjoy Lady Irish basketball.
When can I see the Notre Dame Lady Irish in action?The official kick-off of the 2019–2020 thepunctuationguide.com2020 season for the Lady Irish of Notre Dame was against Fordham University on Nov. 5. Fans who want to see this year's version of the team have until March 1 to enjoy a regular-season game. The Lady Irish will participate in the ACC Tournament beginning March 4.
Who are some players I can see when I attend a Notre Dame women's basketball game?Destinee Walker is a graduate transfer who has battled serious injuries over the past two and a half years of her college basketball career. Walker was heavily recruited by the Lady Irish following high school but chose instead to play for the rival North Carolina Lady Tar Heels. Midway through her sophomore season, a serious knee injury put the brakes on her promising collegiate career. The Lady Irish are counting on a return to form from Walker. The impressive year for freshman Katlyn Gilbert continues with her recent recognition as the ACC Rookie of the Week. In a two-game stretch against Pittsburg and Wake Forest, Gilbert averaged 14.5 points to go along with 5.5 rebounds. She also added 3.5 assists per game. Sam Brunelle is the team's other high-performing freshman. Brunelle is averaging 13.6 points over the season.
Who is the coach of the Notre Dame women's basketball team?The late Athletic Director Gene Corrigan professed there was no better person suited to be the head coach of the Lady Irish when he first hired Muffet McGraw for the job. The date of the hire was May 18, 1987, and 33 years later, McGraw is still the team's head coach. McGraw is one of five coaches in the history of college basketball to amass over 900 victories and has already been inducted into both the Indiana and Naismith Basketball Halls of Fame.
Which Lady Irish players have earned special honors and recognition?Arike Ogunbowale became the 29th woman to win the Mary Gruber Award. The award is given out annually to the top female athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The honor came after Ogunbowale led the Lady Irish to a national championship. Ogunbowale hit last-second shots to win both the semi-final and NCAA Championship game. Brianna Turner is one of the most decorated athletes to play for the Lady Irish despite the serious knee injury she suffered in 2017. Turner was the ACC Freshman of the Year following her first season with the Lady Irish. In her sophomore year, Turner was both the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and ACC Player of the Year. Turner won two more Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2017 and 2019.
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