Leigh Torbin | March 14, 2017
For the 12th time overall and the fourth year in a row, Notre Dame will play host to the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. The Irish have earned one of the four coveted No. 1-seeds and will open play at 7:30 on Friday, March 17 against No. 16-seed Robert Morris at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. The game will be part of a doubleheader with No. 8-seed Green Bay facing No. 9-seed Purdue at 5 p.m. with the winners to face off in the second round on Sunday, March 19 at a time to be announced. Both games on Friday will air on ESPN2.
Tickets are now available at UND.com/BuyTickets. Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, they can also be purchased either over the phone at (574) 631-7356 or in person during regular business hours at the Murnane Family Ticket Office in the front lobby of Purcell Pavilion.
If you have already purchased tickets, or are planning to buy them in person, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday is an ideal time to pick them up as Notre Dame's coaches and players will be manning the windows of the Irish ticket office while pizza and refreshments will be available in the lobby.
Notre Dame (30-3, 15-1 ACC) is a tournament top-seed for the seventh time and the sixth year in a row. The Irish are 27-5 all-time when playing as a No. 1 seed, including its run to the 2001 national championship. The Irish held a top seed for four years out of their recent run of five consecutive Final Fours from 2011-15.
The Irish are 16-2 during NCAA play at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, including wins in each of their last 10 contests. The facility first welcomed the event in 1983 as a neutral site host and is seeing NCAA Championship action involving the Irish for the 11th time since 1994. Notre Dame is 53-22 in its NCAA history as the Irish embark on their 24th appearance and 22nd in a row -- the fifth-longest streak in NCAA history. The 53 NCAA Championship wins are seventh-most in the nation while Notre Dame's seven Final Four berths are the fifth-most of any school.
Robert Morris earned an automatic bid as the champion of the Northeast Conference. The Colonials won the NEC for the second consecutive year after going 22-10 and 14-4 in the league. Notre Dame also faced Robert Morris in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Championship, claiming a 93-42 win on the neutral floor of Toledo's Savage Arena.