Notre Dame Lady Irish Basketball Schedule
Notre Dame is the place to be during college basketball season as both
the men's and women's teams have turned themselves into contenders every year. This year the school joins the illustrious
ACC for basketball and should prove to be an exciting and historic season for both the men and women. Big games abound on
the schedule for the Lady Irish as they are sure to start up some new rivalries this year while they fight their way through
a rigorous ACC regular season schedule. This is sure to be a historic year for the Lady Irish and you will not want to miss
a second of the action.
On January 5th the Lady Irish will have their first official ACC conference home game when the
Clemson Tigers come to Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center looking to steal a game from Notre Dame. As history has shown
winning at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center is never an easy task for a visiting team, so look for Notre Dame to put on
quite a show. On Sunday February 9th old Big East rivals Syracuse will come to town looking to continue the string of great
games the two schools have played only now do so in a new conference. Check out all of the big Lady Irish home games right
here on StubHub and catch an unforgettable game at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
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College basketball is virtually synonymous with the ACC and it is never easy for a team to navigate
the tough conference schedule. Perennial powerhouses North Carolina and Duke always are staunch competition and with the recent
addition of Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Louisville to the mix the conference is only getting tougher. Three current members
of the ACC have won a national championship, Maryland, North Carolina, and Notre Dame. In the 2006 Final Four three of the
four teams were from the ACC, Maryland, North Carolina, and Duke, with both Maryland and Duke advanceing to the championship
game which Maryland won. Playing such a tough regular season schedule annually leaves the teams from the ACC who are selected
for the Tournament ready to take on any college in the country and allows for even some of the lower seeds to pull off big
time upsets. When it comes to college basketball there is arguably no conference that is historically better or more dominant
than the ACC.
Notre Dame Lady Irish Basketball Rivalries
While playing in the Big East Notre Dame developed
their fair share of basketball rivalries. Perhaps the biggest of which was with the Huskies of the University of Connecticut.
Every team in women's college basketball relishes a shot at taking down the Huskies but the Lady Irish proved themselves up
to the task again and again. Next season UCONN will also be joining the ACC and that rivalry will surely pick up right where
it left off. This season in the ACC Notre Dame will have the opportunity to face off against other former Big East Foes Louisville,
Pitt, and Syracuse and you can be sure that these will be hard fought, intense games. Additionally, look for Notre Dame to
stoke the flames of some new conference rivalries with the likes of ACC powerhouses Duke, Maryland, and North Carolina. None
of these teams will be looking to go down to a conference newcomer while the Lady Irish will be aiming to make their presence
felt in the ACC right from the start.
College basketball is an experience like no other.
Featuring some of the best student athletes in the world along with some of the most passionate fans in all of sports, the
games have an atmosphere that is unrivaled. When you set foot into Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center for a Notre Dame Lady
Irish home basketball game this will all be clear. As the teams set up for opening tip off the fans stand up and vociferously
cheer for their alma mater and hometown favorites. The game continues full of back and forth action, big time shots, and clutch
defensive stops. Before you know it the clock is winding down in the second half and the two sides are wrapped up in yet another
tight contest. Your palms get sweaty with each trip down the floor and each time a player from your favorite team lets loose
a shot you hold your breath until the ball tickles the twine. This continues until the final buzzer when the Irish's side
erupts after another big win and their fans flow out of the arena in jubilation.
of the Lady Irish were selected Big East Player of the Year, Ruth Riley, Jacqueline Batteast, and Skylar Diggins who won the
award in 2012 and 2013. Ruth Riley was also named National Player of the Year in 2001, the only Lady Irish basketball player
ever to receive the honor.