The Notre Dame women’s basketball team is coming to Fort Wayne.
The Irish will play Maryland at Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 3 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the conferences announced Wednesday. The tip time and broadcast coverage will be announced later.
Indiana and Purdue will also play in the Challenge on Dec. 3 with the Hoosiers traveling to Boston College and the Boilermakers playing host to Florida State.
The Notre Dame game is a rematch from last season’s NCAA tournament Final Four, which the Irish won 87-61 before falling 79-58 to Connecticut in the championship game.
Notre Dame’s Challenge game is an off-site home game because the men’s team will be playing host to Michigan State as part of the men’s Challenge on the same date.
What a great opportunity to play in front of some of our outstanding fans from not only the Fort Wayne area, but all of eastern Indiana and western Ohio, Irish head coach Muffet McGraw said in a release from the university.
The Irish women’s team will be playing in Fort Wayne for the first time since defeating IPFW 49-41 on Jan. 24, 1979. Notre Dame also played in Fort Wayne on Feb. 15, 1978, when it defeated Indiana Tech 68-51.
Other Notre Dame programs that played in the Coliseum include the men’s basketball team in 2004, when the Irish defeated Saint Louis 77-66 in the second round of the NIT.
The university was also the host school for the NCAA men’s hockey Midwest Regional in 2010, when Miami (Ohio) won two games to advance to the Frozen Four.
Notre Dame has had such a great partnership with the Coliseum for many years, especially with all the tremendous work they’ve done to help us put on the men’s NIT game and NCAA hockey regional in the past decade, McGraw said.
We’ve been exploring the possibility of playing down there for a while, and we’re thrilled to be able to make this happen with such a high-profile event.