Last ND-Penn Game Recap/Photos
PHILADELPHIA - It is only fitting to have Notre Dame visit the Cathedral of College Basketball. On Nov. 23, for the first time since 1981, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team will host The Fighting Irish at The Palestra. Game time is to be determined.
"This is not only a great opportunity for our program to play against some of the best competition in the country," said head coach Mike McLaughlin, who will be entering his fifth season at the helm of the Quakers, "but this is also a great moment for our sport. We are thrilled to invite one of the nation's top teams into one of college basketball's most historic venues."
This will be Penn's third meeting all-time with Notre Dame and the second in three years. Penn played in South Bend for the first time in program history on Dec. 2, 2011 and fell to the third-ranked foe, 69-38. In the only other meeting at The Palestra, Penn fell, 62-47, on Dec. 18, 1981. The Quakers went into halftime tied with the Fighting Irish, 25-25, but couldn't keep up in the second half.
Last season, Notre Dame went 35-2, and 16-0 in the Big East on its way to a third straight Final Four appearance, where they lost to the eventual national champion for the third straight season. The Fighting Irish won a school record 30 straight games with its only other loss to No. 1-ranked Baylor in early December. The Irish won their second straight Big East regular season title and first conference tournament championship.
Notre Dame will be playing its inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Quakers will be looking for their first-ever win over an ACC opponent. Overall, the Red and Blue are 0-12 against the powerhouse conference. However, Penn's most recent ACC opponent - Virginia - came to The Palestra last season and barely survived, 68-65. The Cavaliers overcame a 15-point second-half deficit and Penn's game-tying shot at the buzzer was off the mark.
Penn returns all five starters from the 2012-13 squad that earned the program's first-ever postseason victory and reached the semifinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational. Penn's 18 wins tied for second-most in program history and the team's nine non-league wins matched the school record set in 1999-00. Penn's 18-13 overall record marked the first winning season since 2004-05 and the team's best record since the 2000-01 team set the school standard with 22 wins.
The full 2013-14 women's basketball schedule will be released later this summer.