Nov. 19, 2002
The Indiana Fever and Pacers Sports & Entertainment will be hosting a collegiate women’s basketball match-up between national powers University of Notre Dame and the University of Tennessee. The game will be played on Saturday, December 28, with a 1:00 p.m. EST tipoff.
Tickets are on sale now at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office and all TicketMaster outlets. Tickets will range from $14 on the lower level and $10 in the club level.
Notre Dame, coached by Muffet McGraw in her 16th season with the Irish, hopes to return to the Final Four this season after winning the 2000 NCAA National Championship. Current Fever point guard Coquese Washington is an assistant coach with the Irish and was a member of the coaching staff during Notre Dame’s championship season. Also, the Fever’s Niele Ivey was the starting point guard on the Irish’s National Championship team. Notre Dame has nine consecutive 20-win seasons and seven straight NCAA Tournament berths. This year’s team will feature a pair of preseason All-America candidates in Alicia Ratay and Jacqueline Batteast, a sophomore from Washington High School in South Bend. Last year’s team finished 20-10 and return three starters.
Coming off of their 13th Final Four appearance last season, the Lady Vols of Tennessee are chasing their seventh National Championship. The Lady Vols are coached by the legendary Pat Summitt, who in 28 seasons at Tennessee has recorded 788 wins, graduated 11 Olympians and 16 All-Americans, including current Fever players Tamika Catchings and Nikki McCray. Summitt has led the Lady Vols to every NCAA Women’s Tournament in history – 21 straight years. Tennessee features three returning starters, including Indianapolis’ Shyra Ely of Ben Davis High School. The game will also feature the homecoming for the all-time leading scorer in Indiana high school basketball, Shanna Zolman of Wawasee.