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Notre Dame senior All-America guard Kayla McBride answers questions from South Bend-area media members during the team's annual Media Day on Tuesday afternoon at Purcell Pavilion.
 
Notre Dame senior All-America guard Kayla McBride answers questions from South Bend-area media members during the team's annual Media Day on Tuesday afternoon at Purcell Pavilion.

Oct. 8, 2013

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Fresh off a third consecutive NCAA Women's Final Four appearance, the Notre Dame women's basketball team held its annual Media Day activities on Tuesday afternoon inside Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. In addition to a tipoff press conferences with head coach Muffet McGraw, the Fighting Irish players and staff were available for interviews with members of the media. The Notre Dame contingent then assembled for the official 2013-14 team photo, as well as a handful of group photos, with Mike Bennett and his talented crew from Lighthouse Imaging in Mishawaka, Ind.

Among the highlights of Tuesday's Media Day was the announcement that two of the team's senior tri-captains, forward Natalie Achonwa (Guelph, Ontario/St. Mary's Catholic) and guard Kayla McBride (Erie, Pa./Villa Maria Academy), are among 25 candidates on the 2013-14 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Preseason Wade Trophy Watch List, according to a WBCA release earlier in the day. Notre Dame is one of five schools in the nation (along with California, Connecticut, Duke and Tennessee) with multiple candidates on the Wade Watch list, and the ACC leads all conference with six players on the preseason chart.

Also on Tuesday, Achonwa spent a good portion of the day with a TV crew from TSN (The Sports Network, which is Canada's leading English-language sports channel. The crew interviewed Achonwa, as well as McGraw and McBride for a feature on Achonwa that is expected to air Tuesday, Oct. 22 (time TBA) on TSN's SportsCentre (the Canadian equivalent of the ESPN show by the same name). The feature also will likely appear on TSN's web site, tsn.ca, at a later date.

The Fighting Irish held their first official team practice last week in accordance with NCAA regulations (the team had been allowed limited practice time prior to Oct. 1). Notre Dame currently is preparing for its lone 2013-14 exhibition game at 7 p.m. (ET) Oct. 30 against California (Pa.) at Purcell Pavilion.

Single-game tickets for the 2013-14 Notre Dame women's basketball season go on sale to the general public at 8:30 a.m. (ET) Wednesday and may be purchased by contacting the Murnane Family Athletics Ticket Office at (574) 631-7356, visiting the ticket office windows located in the Rosenthal Atrium at Purcell Pavilion (Gate 9 entrance) from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) weekdays, or by going on-line to the official Notre Dame athletics ticketing web page at www.und.com/buytickets.

For more information on the Notre Dame women's basketball program, sign up to follow the Fighting Irish women's basketball Twitter pages (@ndwbbsid or @ndwbb), like the program on Facebook (facebook.com/ndwbb) or register for the Irish ALERT text-messaging system through the "Fan Center" pulldown menu on the front page at UND.com.

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Event Calendar

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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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