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    April 1, 2001

    Sister Sheila O'Neill, principal of Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis, takes photos of players preparing for the Notre Dame-Purdue 2001 NCAA Women's Final Four Championship game, in St. Louis, Sunday, April 1, 2001. Notre Dame's Niele Ivey attended Cor Jesu Academy. (AP Photo/Charles Arbogast)

    Jane Freeman, of Mishawaka, Ind., holds a sign as her son Nate, 12, applauds. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Ruth Riley battles inside against Purdue defenders Kelly Komara, left, and Camille Cooper (42) during the first half. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Head coach Muffet McGraw yells to her team during the first half. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Ruth Riley goes up for the shot as Purdue's Camille Cooper (42) looks on during the first half. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Ruth Riley and Purdue's Katie Douglas (32) battle for position during the first half. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Purdue head coach Kristy Curry signals to her team during the first half. Purdue's Shereka Wright is at left. (AP Photo/James Finley)

    Niele Ivey runs from Purdue's Kelly Komara (3) during second half action. (AP Photo/James Finley)

    Ruth Riley, right, and Purdue's Shalicia Hurns fight for a rebound. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Ruth Riley shoots during the second half. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Ruth Riley runs down the court after making two free throws in the final seconds of the Women's Final Four Championship game against Purdue in St. Louis Sunday, April 1, 2001. Notre Dame won 68-66. Notre Dame's Alicia Ratay is at right. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

    Niele Ivey shows Notre Dame is Number 1 after they defeated Purdue 68-66. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Coach Muffet McGaw celebrates with her team and fans. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Ruth Riley, right, celebrates with a teammate. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Ruth Riley holds the Championship trophy. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Coach Muffet McGraw, center, holds up the National Championship trophy after Notre Dame defeated Purdue 68-66 for the 2001 Women's Final Four Championship in St. Louis, Sunday, April 1, 2001. At left is Imani Dunbar and Ruth Riley is at right. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


     

     

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