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Senators recognize Notre Dame and IU Bloomington basketball championship victories

WASHINGTON, D. C. – U.S. senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, despite their party affiliations, agreed as they congratulated the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University Women’s basketball teams on 2018 championships.

The women’s basketball team of Notre Dame conquered the 2018 NCAA Division I title, led by head coach Muffet McGraw.

IU Bloomington’s women’s team had a victory in the 2018 Women’s National Invitation Tournament, led by head coach Teri Moren.

Donnelly and Young talked about the success of the teams and how basketball is a legacy in Indiana.

“Congratulations to the Notre Dame and Indiana University women’s basketball players and coaching staffs on these championships. I am proud to recognize the hard work and determination of both teams, which have set a shining example for student athletes across our state and country.” Donnelly said.

“Basketball is such a big part of Indiana’s heritage. This year’s Indiana University Women’s Basketball NIT Championship and the University of Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Championship are remarkable achievements that speak to the dedication and deep-rooted traditions of our state. I’m happy to join Senator Donnelly in supporting these two resolutions to congratulate these outstanding teams for their hard work.” Young said.

Both university presidents spoke about the statewide recognition, as well.

“We are grateful to Senators Donnelly and Young for recognizing our team and the tremendous fortitude and perseverance it displayed this season. By playing together and never surrendering, they displayed the spirit of collegiate sports at its finest, and the spirit of Notre Dame." University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. said.

"We are extremely grateful to Senators Donnelly and Young for honoring our Hoosiers -- and their loyal fans -- with this resolution and acknowledging the team’s excellent performance both on the court and in the classroom. Indeed, this team gave us much to be proud of, and with this title-winning season, its members will always have a special place in the storied tradition of IU athletics.” Indiana University President Michael McRobbie said.

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