Cal set to face No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday
The game will air nationally on NBC at 1 p.m.
BERKELEY- The California women’s basketball team faces a tough test from the get-go as they prepare to take on No. 9 Notre Dame this Saturday in the inaugural Citi Shamrock Classic on NBC in St. Louis. The game marks the first-ever live broadcast of a college women’s basketball game for the network and will be a homecoming for the Cal head coach. Charmin Smith who grew up in St. Louis and played ball at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.
Tipoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. PT. In addition to airing on NBC, the game will air on Peacock.
The game marks the third all-time meeting between the two teams, with the previous two meetings having been in the NCAA Tournament. Notre Dame beat Cal, 73-62, in the second round in 2012 and in the first round, 62-59, in 2007.
- Date and time: Saturday, November 12 | 1 p.m. PT
- Location: St. Louis, MO. | business center
- Look: NBC Sports
- Live statistics: StatDiffusion
- In Monday’s season-opening 86-56 win over CSUN, Cal was led by Evelien Lutje Schipholt and by Leilani McIntosh 18 and 14 points.
- The highlight of the game came just late in the third quarter when McIntosh received the inbound pass for final possession, dribbled downfield and fired a shot just beyond halfcourt at the buzzer to give the Bears a 66- 38 lead after three.
- Tuitele Peanut grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, while Sela Hiede had a career-high eight points.
- Jayda Curry continued her streak of regular season games with at least one three-point shot against CSUN as she has now hit from range in 23 straight games and in every regular season game she has played.
- As head coach, Charmin Smith recorded three wins against the top 25 opponents.
- Last week, Curry was named to the Naismith Trophy Women’s Watch List, which represents the top 50 female players in the country.
- In addition to this game being a homecoming for Charmin Smithit’s also a homecoming for Notre Dame head coach Niele Ivey who is also a St. Louis native and won a state championship at Cor Jesu Academy before playing for the Fighting Irish and winning the 2001 NCAA championship in his hometown.
- This matchup features two respective conference freshmen of the year. Last year, Curry won the Media Pac-12 Freshman of the Year while Notre Dame’s Sonia Citron was the ACC Rookie of the Year.
Next Wednesday, November 16, the Bears return to the Haas Pavilion to face the Idaho Vandals at 7 p.m.