Niele Ivey speaks day before Notre Dame plays in Sweet 16

As coach, Niele Ivey has yet to break through the barrier that is the Sweet 16. She has a national championship from when she was an assistant coach as well as a player, but she hasn’t gotten nearly that far yet as the top dog at Notre Dame. To her credit, she has been in the Sweet 16 three times now, so it’s not like she hasn’t accomplished anything in the NCAA Tournament. The hope now is that she gets one step closer by beating Oregon State in Albany Regional 1 to advance to her first Elite Eight.

As is her duty before important games like this, Ivey met with the media the day before the Irish’s first game of the tournament’s second weekend. Hopefully, this won’t be the final time she does that this season, but that obviously is the hope unless the Irish are preparing for the national title game.

This marked the first time in the tournament that Ivey wasn’t addressing a group of media in South Bend. Let’s see what she had to say:

Story originally appeared on Fighting Irish Wire