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Irish Fans Enjoying Women's Final Four in Indianapolis
A fan waiting for Notre Dame's practice to begin on Saturday
 
A fan waiting for Notre Dame's practice to begin on Saturday

April 5, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Last year, Butler's men had a virtual homecourt advantage when they played in the Final Four just a few miles from their Indianapolis campus.

This year, the Notre Dame women took advantage of a similar situation in Sunday night's semifinal against Connecticut. The Fighting Irish had plenty of boisterous fan support to fuel their 72-63 upset victory.

Green T-shirts were plentiful around Conseco Fieldhouse, which is about a three-hour drive from Notre Dame's South Bend, Ind., campus.

"Words cannot explain it all," forward Devereaux Peters said. "It's a great feeling to have all your fans there, and it's the most fans we've had anywhere all year cheering for us."

Now, they hope for similar support on Tuesday, when they play Texas A&M for the national championship.

Notre Dame's Becca Bruszewski, an Indiana native, was hoping the relatively short trip would offset Connecticut's tendency to draw fans away from home, and it did. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said the fact that the Final Four would be close to home was in the back of her players' minds all season.

The players had noticed a spike in support leading up to the game. They have made new friends since arriving in Indianapolis on Thursday.

"There is tremendous support for us. I think Indiana is an amazing basketball state, and they support their basketball and athletics a lot, and it's great to have a great fan base here for us," freshman Natalie Achonwa said.

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AURIEMMA SUPPORTS IRISH: After Connecticut lost to Notre Dame, UConn coach Geno Auriemma was asked who he would pick to win the title game.

He said he knew little about Texas A&M other than that their style of play and their defensive intensity bothered teams.

 

 

Then, he stopped analyzing.

"I'll be rooting for NOTRE Dame because they're in our league, and I know them and I like a lot of their kids and their coaching staff," he said.

He started to correct himself out of respect for Texas A&M coach Gary Blair, but didn't quite get there.

"Not to say I don't like Gary. I don't. I don't like Gary as much as I like Muffet," Auriemma said, ending the press conference by drawing laughter from the media.

Event Calendar

Delta

November 3
7:00 PM
Roberts Wesleyan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 11
7:00 PM
Central Michigan Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 14
7:00 PM
WNIT Quarterfinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 17
7:00 PM
WNIT Semifinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 20
3:00 PM
WNIT Final
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

CBS Sports Network
November 22
8:00 PM
UL-Lafayette
Houston, Texas (Campbell Center)
November 26
1:00 PM
TCU
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 30
9:00 PM
Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

BTN
December 4
1:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 7
7:00 PM
UConn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
December 10
8:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
December 18
2:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
December 20
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)

BTN
December 27
6:30 PM
Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn. (McKenzie Arena)
December 29
7:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)

ACC Network Extra
January 2
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavilion)
January 5
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 8
3:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN Flex
January 12
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind.

ACC Network Extra
January 16
7:00 PM
Tennessee
Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

ESPN2
January 19
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
January 22
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Carmichael Arena)

ESPNU
January 26
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 29
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
February 2
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
February 6
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
February 12
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 16
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)
February 19
5:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)

ESPN2
February 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 26
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
March 17
TBA
NCAA First/Second Rounds
TBD
March 24
TBA
NCAA Regionals
TBD
March 31
TBA
NCAA Semifinals
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
April 2
TBA
NCAA Final
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)

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