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    March 16, 2009

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame women's basketball program is one of 32 winners in the 2009 NCAA Division I "Pack the House" Challenge, it was announced Monday. "Pack the House" is a national effort in which conferences and institutions compete to build attendance. NCAA Division I women's basketball marketing staffs selected a home game and designated that date as a "Pack the House" game with the goal of setting an attendance record. One winner from each of the 31 conferences and one from a group of independent institutions were named. Selections were based on marketing plan creativity and attendance criteria. The NCAA will award prizes and donate $500 to the nonprofit organization of each winning institution's choice.

    And pack the house, they did. Almost two-thirds of the Division I membership -- 184 institutions -- participated in the effort that attracted more than 559,000 fans.

    Notre Dame registered the sixth sellout in the program's history, welcoming 11,418 fans to its Dec. 7 game against Purdue at the Joyce Center, marking the first on-campus capacity crowd in the 22-game series between the in-state rivals.

    Other schools that produced sellout crowds as part of the "Pack the House" Challenge included: Auburn, Bradley, Central Michigan, Gonzaga, Marist, Memphis, Niagara and Providence. Sixty-three other programs surpassed their single-game attendance highs from last year.

    "We believe this initiative has served as a catalyst to increase attendance, create excitement and enhance exposure for our women's basketball programs," said NCAA Vice President of Division I Women's Basketball Sue Donohoe.

    "Institution personnel committed a great deal of time, effort and resources to this program and the results were extremely positive. This program provides great `best practices' and examples of success for institutions that are seeking to `grow' women's basketball and these success stories will continue to strengthen efforts in the future."

     

     

    Winners of the 2008-09 NCAA "Pack the House" Challenge are:

    CONFERENCE WINNERS
    America East - Hartford
    Atlantic Coast - Georgia Tech
    Atlantic Sun - East Tennessee State
    Atlantic 10 - Fordham
    BIG EAST - NOTRE DAME
    Big Sky - Montana State
    Big South - UNC Asheville
    Big Ten - Illinois
    Big 12 - Missouri
    Big West - Long Beach State
    Colonial - VCU
    Conference USA - Marshall
    Horizon - Valparaiso
    Independents - Cal State Bakersfield
    Ivy - Columbia
    Metro Atlantic Athletic - Niagara
    Mid-American - Central Michigan
    Mid-Eastern Athletic - North Carolina A&T
    Missouri Valley - Bradley
    Mountain West - TCU
    Northeast - Mount St. Mary's
    Ohio Valley - Tennessee-Martin
    Pacific-10 - California
    Patriot - Army
    Southeastern - Auburn
    Southern - Chattanooga
    Southland - Sam Houston State
    Southwestern Athletic - Jackson State
    Summit - IUPUI
    Sun Belt - Arkansas-Little Rock
    West Coast - Gonzaga
    Western Athletic - Louisiana Tech

    OVERALL WINNER
    Auburn

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