Students at Notre Dame all care immensely for one another, creating a familial bond that will last much longer than the four years spent on campus.
Being a part of Notre Dame Women’s Basketball means being given many opportunities to work with a world-class staff and becoming part of an organization that has had 15 players in the WNBA.
Lou Holtz once said, "What Notre Dame does, they're not looking at this week or next week, they're looking at 40 years down the road. It's not a four-year decision, it's a 40-year decision."
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame - 2011
Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame - 2014
On February 5, 2013 Muffet McGraw achieved her 700th career victory with a win over the Villanova Wildcats by a score of 59-52, making her the 13th coach in Division 1 history to reach the 700 win milestone.
2001 National Championship -Five National Championship games -Seven Final Four appearances
15 WNBA players
12 WNBA Draft picks in the past 14 years (2001-14)
Five WBNA Champions
When it comes to Notre Dame Women’s basketball, home is all about Purcell Pavilion, with the Fighting Irish slated to play 15 regular-season games in its legendary home facility.
Between the cheers and the music and the excitement in the air, nothing beats the atmosphere in Purcell Pavilion when the Fighting Irish take the court.
The Irish are outfitted with the latest apparel and footwear and test the newest equipment from its exclusive sponsor, Under Armour. Notre Dame has signed a 10-year contract with Under Armour that will last until 2025.
The Fighting Irish enter their second season in the ACC, a league that has been among the nation's strongest for many years, highlighted by a pair of national championships (North Carolina in 1994 and Maryland in 2006) and 14 Final Four appearances.
The Golden Dome was added to the Main Building in 1882 and was most recently regilded in 2005. Atop the Dome, you will find a 19-foot-tall, 4,000-pound statue of Mary, the Mother of God, "Notre Dame".
With Jesus depicted in a famous mural facing Notre Dame Stadium as the great teacher, the 14 stories of the Hesburgh Library make an impact on basketball fans and on scholars from around the world.
The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is one-seventh the size of the famed French shrine where the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Bernadette on 18 occasions in 1858.
In its 45th year of service to the University, the double-domed Joyce Center complex also acts as a multipurpose sports venue, a theatre and concert hall, a convention center and an office building.
8,433 undergrads can choose between 65 undergraduate majors
Notre Dame graduates 100% of the women's basketball players who remain for four years of eligibility
The Freshmen Retention Rate at the University of Notre Dame is 98%, which is tied for #1 (U.S. News & World Report)
Fighting Irish athletics programs have produced the second most Academic All-Americans among Division 1-A colleges and universities
Mendoza College of Business ranks #1 in undergraduate business schools
The First Year of Studies Program serves as the college for all incoming students, regardless of their intended program, providing a full-time professional advisor in Kevin Rooney, in addition to the women's basketball academic advisor, Chad Grotegut, to support student-athletes as they complete the First Year Curriculum and move successfully to a college program. This program allows students to find their footing by experiencing a variety of majors before jumping into a full-time academic program and beginning their journeys toward success.
Many paths lead to the Coleman-Morse Center because of its varied and valuable offerings to students. The building, which opened in 2001, houses offices for the First Year of Studies Program and Academic Services for Student-Athletes. Academic Services for Student-Athletes is available to help student-athletes meet the demands of both academic and athletic competition.
Each of the Fighting Irish players and female coaches wear green nail polish throughout the NCAA Championship. This tradition started during the 1977 tourney, when the Fighting Irish added the green polish to their fingers prior to their second-round St. Patrick's Day game at Texas, which Notre Dame won 86-83. The Fighting Irish ended up going to their first NCAA Final Four that season and the green nail polish was here to stay. As a show of solidarity, the male members of the travel party usually paint their left pinky green, and some (including associate head coach Jonathan Tsipis) have gone so far as to shave their heads for the tournament.
Though not limited exclusively to NCAA tournament play, Notre Dame's distinctive kelly green road uniforms have become a staple of the postseason in keeping with the St. Patrick's Day holiday, which often falls during the early rounds of the tournament. The Fighting Irish most recently wore the alternate green road threads in the 2011 NCAA Championship Semifinal win over Connecticut (72-63) and the National Championship Final against Texas A&M.
This unique pre-game ritual has become one of the widely recognized traditions of Notre Dame Women’s basketball. Just prior to the introduction of the starting lineups, the Fighting Irish players will circle up in the lane with a basketball at their feet. As the Notre Dame pep band plays, the team will perform the Irish Jig (a popular step with Notre Dame fans, especially the student body) with the ball bouncing around in the midst of their dance. This tradition is believed to have started during the 1999-2000 season, but picked up steam during Notre Dame's 2000-01 national championship run and has been part of the Fighting Irish pre-game ritual ever since.
Why do Notre Dame Women’s Basketball fans wear lime green instead of the traditional blue and gold or even kelly green? The shirts are based on one of head coach Muffet McGraw's favorite colors, which she sported on the sidelines during the 2001 national championship game win over Purdue. Irish fans have adopted the color and even go so far as to wear lime green socks, hats, scarves or even full body suits. The fans, known as Notre Dame Women’s Basketball's "6th Man" is the loudest crowd in all of women's basketball.
Notre Dame's wildly-successful "Big Mac" promotion, offering fans a coupon for a free Big Mac from South Bend-area McDonald's restaurants if the Fighting Irish score at least 88 points in a home game. When the score hits approximately 80 points, the video board ring starts to display the score in red and yellow so fans can start to count up to 88.
One of the most recognizable landmarks on campus is the Word of Life Mural. The mural covers the southern face of the 14-story Hesburgh Library. At nearly 10 stories high and composed of over 6,700 individual pieces of granite, the mural is unmistakable. The Women's Basketball program refers to it as "Three-Point Jesus" because of Jesus' symbolic raising of His hands to signal a three-pointer - others refer to it as Touchdown Jesus but we think that will never catch on. On a sunny day, you can see the reflection of the mural into a large reflecting pool that sits south of the library. It is not uncommon to find excited students running through the reflecting pool after an upset victory or big win over a traditional opponent.
There are also a number of campus-wide traditions that Notre Dame has that are not exclusive to the Women's Basketball team.
Traditions are an integral part of the Notre Dame experience and contribute to the many memories that are created on campus.read more
Notre Dame is an easy destination with the South Bend International Airport five miles away and an exit to campus from I80/90
South Bend and Mishawaka can help you plan your stay in the many hotels close to Notre Dame's campus.
If Notre Dame's on-campus eateries are out of reach, head to one of South Bend or Mishawaka's many great restaurants.
Complimentary half time stats
Seating for up to 500
10 High Definition Flat Screens TV's
Complimentary secure coat room
Receive priority on seat location upgrade
Exclusive early entry
Reserved parking in Joyce Gold lot
Seat location upgrade priority
Complimentary high-end food selection during pregame
Complimentary "tailgate" food selection duoffered pregame, in-game, and halftime
Complimentary soft drinks