The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on the California Bears in the first-ever women’s college basketball game to be televised on NBC and Peacock.
Playing on November 12 at 4:00 pm ET, the game will be part of the Citi Shamrock Classic. Citi and Notre Dame have teamed up for an event that will include more than just a game. The day before the competition, Notre Dame will host a luncheon featuring “outstanding speakers from business and women’s athletics.” The two-day event will feature talks on “gender equality and women’s athletics”.
Through a new partnership facilitated by the Notre Dame Global Partnership, Citi and Notre Dame have pledged future activities to elevate women’s sports and close the gender gap in college athletics. Citi’s head of international communications, Ed Skyler, said the company is excited to support women’s basketball, which has been “underrepresented for far too long.”
Notre Dame is looking forward to even more success after last season’s Sweet 16.
Notre Dame coach Niel Ivey will be looking to lead his team to victory after making the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament last season. Ivey posted a 10-10 record in her first season as coach before leading Notre Dame to a 24-10 record last year. The team upset Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing the top spot to seed state North Carolina in the third round. North Carolina State lost to UConn in Elite 8.
Charmin Smith and the Bears will be looking to break .500 after going 11-13 last season.
The game, which will take place at the St. Louis Enterprise Center, will be a homecoming for Ivey and Smith, who grew up in St. Louis. Ivey, who attended Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis, called it a “full circle moment” in her basketball career.
“I would like to thank Citi for the opportunity to showcase our women’s basketball program on this important stage at the first Citi Shamrock Classic,” Ivey said. “This is a full circle moment to return home to St. Louis where my basketball journey began. It’s an overwhelming feeling to think about the positive impact this will have on my community and our sport. I hope to continue to inspire and inspire the next generation of young leaders and athletes.”
After entering Cor Jesu Academy, Ivey traveled to Notre Dame, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team. Ivey was selected by the Indiana Fever in the second round of the 2001 WNBA Draft. She spent five seasons in the WNBA before becoming a coach. Ivey was named Notre Dame’s assistant coach in 2007. She also spent one season as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies before being named coach of Notre Dame following the retirement of Muffet McGraw.
Tickets for the Citi Shamrock Classic will be will go on sale September 23.