Michigan State women's basketball gets Big Ten/ACC Challenge date with Notre Dame

Brian Calloway
Lansing State Journal
Iowa State guard Ashley Joens (24) is pressured by Michigan State guards Julia Ayrault (40) and Tory Ozment (1) during the first half of a college basketball game in the first round of the women's NCAA tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Monday, March 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A marquee opponent will be part of the home schedule for the Michigan State women’s basketball team this winter.

Notre Dame is slated to visit the Breslin Center this season as part of the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which is resuming after being postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19. It will be Notre Dame’s first trip to East Lansing since 2016.

The Spartans will host the Irish on Dec. 2 – the second day of this year’s challenge.

The December meeting will be the first between MSU and Notre Dame as part of the challenge. The programs have met plenty on the court in recent years, which included the Spartans picking up a victory over the Irish in South Bend in Nov. 2019.

MSU is coming off a 15-9 season that included a NCAA tournament berth.

Notre Dame went 10-10 last winter and missed the NCAA Tournament in its first season under the direction of former star guard Niele Ivey. The Irish finished sixth in the ACC with an 8-7 mark.

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