2001 consensus national player of the year Ruth Riley and her 2000-01 Fighting Irish teammates will be back on campus Nov. 12-14 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Notre Dame's 2001 NCAA national championship.

Notre Dame To Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary Of 2001 NCAA Women's Basketball Title

Oct. 27, 2010

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Nearly a decade has passed since one of the signature moments in Notre Dame athletics history, when the Fighting Irish women’s basketball team defeated Purdue, 68-66, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis to win the program’s first NCAA national championship. Now, 10 years later, the members of that historic squad will be back on campus to celebrate that accomplishment once again.

During the weekend of Nov. 12-14, the 2000-01 Notre Dame women’s basketball team will take part in a variety of public and private events designed to commemorate that national championship season. The public centerpiece of this celebration takes place at Notre Dame’s season-opening game at 4 p.m. (ET) on Nov. 12 against New Hampshire at Purcell Pavilion, with the ’00-01 players and coaches signing autographs (limit one item per person) for fans in Heritage Hall on the upper concourse of the arena from 2:45-3:45 p.m. (ET). The team then will watch the current Fighting Irish squad take on New Hampshire, returning to the Purcell Pavilion hardwood collectively for the first time since that national championship game victory for a special halftime celebration. A similar ceremony will be held the next afternoon at halftime of the Notre Dame football game against Utah at Notre Dame Stadium.

In addition to the autograph session, fans will have the chance to watch this year’s season opener with the 2000-01 team from the new Club Naimoli at Purcell Pavilion, with tickets for this special offer available for $25 each (which includes unlimited food and soft drinks, with a separate game ticket also required for admission) by contacting the Murnane Family Ticket Office by phone (574-631-7356) or in person (Gate 9 in the Rosenthal Atrium at Purcell Pavilion) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) weekdays. What’s more, commemorative 2001 women’s basketball reunion t-shirts will be on sale in Heritage Hall on gameday at a cost of $15 each, with proceeds going to Notre Dame’s 2011 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone initiative.

Single-game and season tickets for all Fighting Irish women’s basketball games in 2010-11 are on sale through the Murnane Family Ticket Office, or by going on-line to the official Notre Dame athletics ticketing web page (www.UND.com/tickets).

For more information on the Notre Dame women’s basketball program, sign up to follow the Fighting Irish women’s basketball Twitter pages (www.twitter.com/ndwbbsid or www.twitter.com/notredamewbb) or register for the Irish ALERT text-messaging system through the sidebar on the women’s basketball page at UND.com.

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