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  1. WBB March Madness Round One: #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Take on #16 UT Martin Skyhawks

    Mar 24, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    Skylar Diggins and the Fighting Irish (31-1, 16-0 BIG EAST) kick off their tournament play Sunday night at 5:05pm at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA against Tennessee-Martin (19-14, 11-5 OVC), looking to win the elusive last game of the season. Notre Dame has lost in the championship the past two years–to Texas A&M in 2011, and last…

  2. Game Day in NYC: Notre Dame vs. Louisville

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

    After upsetting Marquette on Thursday night, the #24 Notre Dame men’s basketball team earned its fourth straight appearance in the BIG EAST semifinals. Tonight, the sixth-seeded Irish will meet Louisville, the nation’s #4 team and the #2 seed in this year’s BIG EAST tourney. By now of course, we all know the history between the…

  3. On To The Next: Irish Beat Marquette To Advance to BIG EAST Semifinals

    Mar 15, 2013, 2:54 AM EDT

    As excited as Notre Dame might be to begin playing in the ACC, the Irish aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to the BIG EAST yet. Trailing 17-4 early against Marquette, it had the makings of a long night in the World’s Most Famous Arena. The shots weren’t falling (the team started 2-for-16 from the…

  4. Game Day in NYC: Notre Dame vs. Marquette

    Mar 14, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    The 24th-ranked Notre Dame men’s basketball team returns to Madison Square Garden tonight against #12 Marquette in a BIG EAST quarterfinal matchup. On Wednesday, the Irish defeated Rutgers, 69-61. If you missed that one, Fighting Irish Digital Media has got you covered with highlights and the latest Irish Connection going inside the victory. With Notre…

  5. Survive and Advance: Irish Beat Rutgers in BIG EAST Second Round

    Mar 14, 2013, 2:19 AM EDT

    Notre Dame’s final appearance in the BIG EAST tournament got off to a great start on Wednesday night, as the #6 seed Irish held off a Rutgers rally to secure a 69-61 victory at Madison Square Garden. The Irish were led by Pat Connaughton, who came through with one of the best performances of his…

  6. Game Day in NYC: Notre Dame vs. Rutgers

    Mar 13, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

    The tournament has arrived for the Fighting Irish… After a couple days of practice in the Big Apple, #24 Notre Dame takes the court tonight against Rutgers in the last of four second round BIG EAST tournament games. The game is scheduled for 9 pm ET on ESPN2, though you might say that start time…

  7. Irish Win First (And Last) BIG EAST Title: A Twitter Recap

    Mar 12, 2013, 9:56 PM EDT

    For the third time this season, and the second in just eight days, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team beat Connecticut in dramatic fashion. After a steal by Skylar Diggins, Natalie Achonwa scored the game-winning layup with 1.8 seconds remaining, lifting the Irish to a 61-59 victory over the Huskies. With their seventh win in…

  8. The Last Hurrah at MSG

    Mar 12, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

    What had long been speculated became official this morning: Notre Dame will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference next season. This is it. In every practical sense, today marks the start of the final BIG EAST tournament. Sure, the Catholic 7/new BIG EAST will continue the tradition, but it won’t be the same. Not without…

  9. Early March Madness and a Career Worth Noting: All-American Skylar Diggins

    Mar 6, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT

    Skylar Diggins and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s second ranked women’s basketball team outlasted the #3 Connecticut Huskies in a thriller that has come to be expected when these two opponents clash. It was a magnificent end to the regular season for the Irish, who finished as the BIG EAST regular season champions for the…

  10. Irish Defeat Huskies in Dramatic Fashion

    Mar 4, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    From football’s goal line stand in the rain against Stanford, to men’s basketball knocking off #1 Syracuse last season and outfighting Louisville in five overtimes last month, I’ve seen a lot of special athletic moments during my time at Notre Dame. Tonight, the second-ranked Notre Dame women’s basketball program added another one to that growing…

  11. South Bend’s Loyal Daughter

    Mar 4, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    While seniors Kaila Turner and Skylar Diggins were honored before last week’s game against Syracuse, it will be this evening, that the duo plays its final game at Purcell Pavilion. Both players have had a tremendous role in leading Notre Dame to 122 victories, more than in any other four-year span in school history, but…

  12. Countdown to the Madness: Bracketology, Big Games, and Bold Predictions

    Feb 26, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

    The bracketology has begun for the NCAA women’s basketball national tournament, and nearly everything is in order. One confusion, however, results from complicated NCAA rules that dictate where in the country the first and second round games will be played (Source: Charlie Creme of ESPN). Baylor, Connecticut, and Stanford will each play their first two…

  13. Irish Dominate Bearcats to Record 10th BIG EAST Victory

    Feb 24, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

    Given a few days to recover after Monday’s comeback at Pittsburgh, the #25 Notre Dame men’s basketball team returned to the friendly confines of Purcell Pavilion on Sunday afternoon against Cincinnati. For the first time in a long time, an Irish victory was never in doubt. Notre Dame jumped out to a 19-6 lead, and…

  14. Notre Dame Women’s Basketball: By the Numbers

    Feb 19, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT

    The Fighting Irish (24-1, 12-0 BIG EAST) have had a dominant season to say the least. They are currently ranked second in the NCAA behind only Brittney Griner and the Lady Bears of Baylor. Their nearly flawless record is one telling number, but how do their other statistics line up against their toughest opponents? To…

  15. Irish Rally Past Panthers

    Feb 19, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

    A 1-for-19 start? Eight first-half turnovers? More than 15 minutes to break double digits? Playing in front of the raucous “Oakland Zoo”? It looked like a recipe for disaster, and a sure-thing loss for the #25 Notre Dame men’s basketball team. That was, at least, until the 7:08 mark of the first half. Frustrated and…

  16. Irish Set for Two-Game BIG EAST Trip

    Feb 15, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT

    As students’ families arrive on campus for Junior Parents Weekend, many Fighting Irish teams are hitting the road. The #21 Notre Dame men’s basketball squad is no exception, as the team gets ready for an important Saturday-Monday BIG EAST swing trip. The Irish will travel to New England later this evening, in preparation for tomorrow’s…

  17. Tournament Watch: Notre Dame Women March Toward the Madness

    Feb 15, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

    The Fighting Irish’s decisive victory over tenth-ranked BIG EAST rival Louisville Monday night was a further testament to the dominance of this year’s elite women’s college basketball teams. Notre Dame (23-1, 11-0 BIG EAST) remains ranked second in the NCAA behind Baylor, the only team to beat the Irish, and first in the BIG EAST.…

  18. Fighting Irish, Purcell Crowd Make Saturday a Day That Will Live Forever

    Feb 10, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

    Saturday evening at the Purcell Pavilion marked one of the greatest exhibitions of solidarity that one could ever hope to see in the world of sports. The Fighting Irish put together one of the greatest collective efforts in team history, and rewarded an unfaltering crowd with a classic finish that will never be forgotten. The…

  19. Fighting Irish Top Cincinnati 64-42 at Home, Prepare to Take on Villanova

    Feb 5, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

    Kayla McBride led Notre Dame (20-1, 8-0 BIG EAST) to a big win in front of a home crowd Saturday night at the Purcell Pavilion, scoring 19 in the BIG EAST victory over the Bearcats (8-13, 0-8 BIG EAST) that made them the first team in women’s college basketball to reach 20 wins in the 2012-2013…

  20. “The Grant Game”

    Feb 4, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT

    Last night, the Super Bowl was dubbed “the Har-Bowl,” as brothers Jim and John Harbaugh led the 49ers and Ravens on opposing sidelines. This evening, Notre Dame (18-4 overall, 6-3 BIG EAST) and Syracuse (18-3, 6-2) will meet in what Jack Cooley is calling “the Grant Game.” With the Irish at the halfway point of…

  21. Irish Pick Up Big BIG EAST Road Win

    Feb 2, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    On Saturdays this past fall, the Notre Dame football team fought through it difficult schedule unscathed. But week after week, media members talked and wrote about how the Irish did not win with “style points.” On this, a frigid Saturday in early February, it was the Notre Dame men’s basketball team that gutted out a…

  22. Irish Ready To Battle Blue Demons

    Feb 1, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

    After making the short 110-mile bus trip from campus to Rosemont, Ill., the Notre Dame men’s basketball team (17-4 overall, 5-3 BIG EAST) checked in at the hotel before departing for Allstate Arena, the site of tomorrow’s matchup with DePaul (10-10, 1-6). The Irish spent about 45 minutes shooting around, getting acclimated with the arena…

  23. Biedscheid’s Big Game Lifts Irish To Big Conference Win

    Jan 31, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

    During the early part of the Irish season, freshman Cam Biedscheid scored in double digits four times and looked poised to make a big impact off the bench during BIG EAST play. But through the first part of the conference schedule, the St. Louis native struggled to find his rhythm, going a combined 3-for-23 from…

  24. #2 Fighting Irish Top #9 Lady Vols, Diggins Scores Career-High 33 Points

    Jan 29, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

    Monday night was huge for the Notre Dame women’s basketball team. Skylar Diggins, fresh off a record-setting game in which she scored her 2000th career point, put up a career-high single-game point total. The team beat the Lady Vols in Knoxville, Tenn. for the first time ever. And they made history by becoming the first…

  25. Skylar Diggins Scores 2000th Point, Fighting Irish Defeat Providence

    Jan 29, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

    Saturday night at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Skylar Diggins became just the fourth player in Notre Dame women’s basketball history to cross the 2000-point threshold. Going into the game against Providence, Diggins had 1999 points, so there was clearly an expectation that she would surpass the mark. Postgame, Diggins recalled, “I wanted to…

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