The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on the California Bears within the first-ever women’s college basketball game to be broadcast on NBC and Peacock.
The game, which is able to happen at 4 pm ET on Nov. 12, can be a part of the Citi Shamrock Classic. Citi and Notre Dame partnered collectively for the occasion, which is able to embody greater than the game. The day earlier than the competition, Notre Dame will host a luncheon with “marquee audio system from the realm of enterprise and women’s athletics.” The two-day occasion will focus on holding conversations addressing “gender fairness and women’s athletics.”
With the brand new partnership, which was facilitated by Notre Dame Global Partnerships, Citi and Notre Dame have promised future occasions geared toward elevating women’s sports activities and closing the gender hole in college athletics. Citi’s head of world public affairs Ed Skyler mentioned the corporate was excited to help women’s basketball, which has been “underrepresented for a lot too lengthy.”
Notre Dame is searching for extra success after making the Sweet 16 final season
Notre Dame coach Niele Ivey will look to lead her group to a win after surging to the Sweet 16 within the NCAA event final season. Ivey turned in a 10-10 document in her first season as a coach earlier than main Notre Dame to a 24-10 document final 12 months. The group upset Oklahoma within the second spherical of the NCAA event earlier than falling to No. 1 seed NC State within the third spherical. NC State went on to lose to UConn within the Elite 8.
Charmin Smith and the Bears will look to soar over .500 after going 11-13 final season.
The game, which can be held on the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, can be a homecoming for Ivey and Smith, who grew up in St. Louis. Ivey — who attended Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis — known as it a “full circle second” for her basketball profession.
“I would really like to thank Citi for the chance to showcase our women’s basketball program on this main stage within the inaugural Citi Shamrock Classic,” Ivey mentioned. “This is a full circle second to come again dwelling to St. Louis the place my basketball journey started. It’s an amazing feeling to take into consideration the constructive influence this can have in my neighborhood and for our sport. I hope to proceed to encourage and empower the following technology of younger leaders and athletes.”
After going to Cor Jesu Academy, Ivey went to Notre Dame, the place she was a member of the women’s basketball group. Ivey was chosen by the Indiana Fever within the second spherical of the 2001 WNBA draft. She spent 5 seasons within the WNBA earlier than changing into a coach. Ivey was named an assistant coach at Notre Dame in 2007. She additionally spent one season as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies earlier than being named Notre Dame’s coach following Muffet McGraw’s retirement.
Tickets for the Citi Shamrock Classic will go on sale Sept. 23.