SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – Notre Dame basketball for women enters the second year of the Niele Ivey era.
The Irish return the majority of the starters, welcoming in the graduate transfer Maya Dodson, newcomer Sonia Citron and Nat Marshall, who have returned from a cruciate ligament injury.
Last year the Irish were .500 and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in 24 years.
This year they are hungry to go back.
“Oh my god, I love the energy,” said Ivey. “The energy on the first day of training was enormous. It was electric. Everyone is committed. You all worked so hard to get back. You play with a sense of urgency and hunger. I think it’s just because they had bad taste in their mouths from last year and couldn’t make it through the tournament. I think everyone grew from it. There is something in the back of our minds that motivates us. But just their buy-in and the commitment to what we do that they bring in, it was really exciting. “
The Irish are also looking forward to bringing their fans back to the Purcell Pavilion.
“Building a chemistry, especially in an empty gym, created a deeper appreciation for the game,” said guard Dara Mabrey. “This group is very excited to illustrate this and really get the full Notre Dame experience with the support of the fans, because our alumni and fan base are huge and it’s very important to us.”
Notre Dame kicks off the season against Ohio on November 9th.
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