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    Conference Champions
    Five Straight Conference Championships
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    Five Straight Final Fours
    Five championship game appearances 2001, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 — 2001 National Champions

notre dame women’s basketball


Notre Dame Women’s Basketball is consistently one of the best in the nation. The emphasis on the player as well as the student is unmatched anywhere else.

Notre Dame Family

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.

40 Year Decision

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."

Legendary Coach

Coach Muffet McGraw is a three-time National Coach of the Year, 2014 ACC Coach of the Year, 2011 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, 2014 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.

Player Profiles

When Notre Dame takes the floor in November, it will have four starters and nine monogram recipients back from last season's 35-2 squad that advanced to the NCAA Women's Final Four for the third consecutive season (fifth overall) and was ranked No. 2 in the final Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls.

Lindsay Allen

Lindsay Allen


5'7 Sophomore from Mitchellville Maryland

Madison Cable

Madison Cable


5'11 Senior from Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Whitney Holloway

Whitney Holloway


5'4 Senior from Plainfield, Illinois

Hannah Huffman

Hannah Huffman


5'9 Junior from Diablo, California

Mychal Johnson

Mychal Johnson


5'8 Freshman from Huntington, West Virginia

Jewell Loyd

Jewell Loyd


5'10 Junior from Lincolnwood, Illinois

Michaela Mabrey

Michaela Mabrey


5'10 Junior from Belmar, New Jersey

Kristina Nelson

Kristina Nelson


6'3 Sophomore from Buford, Georgia

Taya Reimer

Taya Reimer


6'3 Sophomore from Fishers, Indiana

Diamond Thompson

Diamond Thompson


6'4 Sophomore from Wheaton, Illinois

Brianna Turner

Brianna Turner


6'3 Freshman from Pearland, Texas

Kathryn Westbeld

Kathryn Westbeld


6'2 Freshman from Kettering, Ohio

Markisha Wright

Markisha Wright


6'2 Senior from Des Moines, Iowa

coach mcgraw

Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Women’s Basketball Coach Muffet McGraw has created an legacy at Notre Dame that has resulted in her being one of Notre Dame's winningest coaches.

assistant coaches

Notre Dame Women’s Basketball would not be the program that it is without assistance from these excellent coaches.

Team Member

Carol Owens

Associate Head Coach

Team Member

Beth Cunningham

Associate Coach

Team Member

Niele Ivey

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator





consecutive NCAA
tournament appearances

tradition of excellence

There are many factors in the Fighting Irish's long-standing history of being an elite basketball organization.



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.


game atmosphere

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.


under armour

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.


off the court

Notre Dame's "Heart of the Irish" program began in 2009 as a community outreach program and has grown every year to include more and more events throughout the season to benefit a number of organizations from Riley Children's Hospital to South Bend primary schools.


All prospective student-athletes - in women's basketball and the other 38 sports sponsored by the NCAA - should familiarize themselves with the NCAA rules governing recruiting. The links below provide helpful information for those individuals navigating the process.

ncaa eligibility center


undergraduate admissions

prospective student athlete

compliance at nd


WNBA players

olympic medals

alumni clubs

WNBA draft picks since 2001


The Notre Dame campus is one of the most beautiful in the nation and is comprised of some of the world's most recognized campus landmarks.


golden dome

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".


hesburgh library

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.


purcell pavillion

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.


basilica of the sacred heart

The Basilica is a magnificent, Gothic-inspired, cross-shaped place of worship and welcome, nurturing Notre Dame's Catholic identity.


Notre Dame is a leading American research university that offers undergraduate, professional, and graduate students a unique academic environment.

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.

Colleges & Schools
Notre Dame's undergraduate program consists of five schools: the School of Architecture, the College of Arts and Letters, the Mendoza College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Science.
Academic Calendar
Please click here for the Academic Calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.
Click here for a link to the Hesburgh Library website for access to the many articles and books available to Notre Dame students.

team traditions

One word that is synonymous with Notre Dame is "Tradition."

green fingernails

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.

green uniforms

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.

irish jig

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.

lime green shirts

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.

big macs

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.

three-point jesus

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.

Notre Dame specific traditions

There are also a number of campus-wide traditions that Notre Dame has that are not exclusive to the Women's Basketball team.

  • Notre Dame Victory March
  • The Fighting Irish
  • The Leprechaun
  • Gold and Blue
  • Notre Dame Marching Band

Traditions are an integral part of the Notre Dame experience and contribute to the many memories that are created on campus.

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South Bend

Nowhere else in the country will you find a more supportive community of women's basketball fans than Michiana (northern Indiana and southern Michigan). The South Bend community and surrounding areas provide a vibrant home for the University, its students, faculty, and staff.


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.

things to do

When you're not on campus, South Bend, and neighbor Mishawaka, has many fun and unique experiences to offer.

ticket prices

Check out the 2014-15 schedule and don't miss out on a chance to watch the Fighting Irish in action this season!

$75 lower arena

season tickets

  • official fan t-shirt
  • reserved seating at 18 home games
  • First Opportunities on Bus Trips to Away Games
  • Post-Season Ticket Opportunities
  • Special Events including "Meet the Freshmen Night"
  • Game Day Email Updates
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$65 upper arena

season tickets

  • official fan t-shirt
  • reserved seating at 18 home games
  • first opportunities on bus trips to away games
  • post-season ticket opportunities
  • special events including "meet the freshmen" night
  • game day email updates
buy now

$9 lower arena

individual tickets

  • fun activity for those visiting for the day
  • youth/ senior pricing - $6
  • free admission for Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, and Holy Cross students with ID
  • Groups of 20+ are $4 per ticket for regular-season home games
buy now

$8 upper arena

individual tickets

  • fun activity for those visiting for the day
  • youth/ senior pricing - $8
  • free admission for Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, and Holy Cross students with ID
  • Groups of 20+ are $4 per ticket for regular-season home games
buy now

Parking & Directions

Parking is free of charge. Most parking is located on the south and north side of the Purcell Pavilion. The parking lots can be accessed by entering Edison Road via the south or Bulla Dr. via the north. You may also utilize the Library parking lot which is located north of the Joyce Center. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we accommodate construction and changing traffic patterns.

travel center

directions to campus

campus map

accessible parking

club naimoli

The new Naimoli Family Sports Club, which is a 5,000-square-foot facility located at mid-level center court in the newly renovated Purcell Pavilion, is a hotspot for Irish fans before, during and after home games.

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contact us

Prospective student-athletes are encouraged to reach out directly to the women's basketball office with the understanding that coaches do not have the ability to initiate or return telephone calls or emails until a recruit is of the permissible contact age. A directory of our women's basketball and Athletics Department staff may be found at und.com.

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