Walorski, Courtney Put Local Favorites on the Line in National Championship Wager

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Reps. Jackie Walorski (IN-2) and Joe Courtney (CT-2) announced today the details of a friendly wager over the upcoming national championship game between the women’s basketball teams from Notre Dame University and the University of Connecticut. As Members of Congress who represent the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the University of Connecticut Huskies, and passionate fans of their hometown teams, they are competing for bragging rights.

If Connecticut wins, Rep. Walorski will provide Courtney with treats from Indiana’s own South Bend Chocolate Company®, Wakarusa Dime Store® jelly beans, and Amish jam. If Notre Dame wins, Rep. Courtney will have to hand over a gift basket of eastern Connecticut signature treats including Munson’s Chocolates, Selbuort Valley Farms Maple Syrup, Cato Corner Cheese, Deep River Chips, Jarmoc cigars and Cottrell Beer.

“Tonight’s national championship game is historic – both teams are undefeated and they should be congratulated for their hard work. Notre Dame has had an impressive season, they’re undefeated and have beaten UConn seven of the last nine times they’ve played, and I’m confident tonight we’ll add another win to that list,” Walorski said. “As we celebrate another Hoosier victory tonight, I look forward to enjoying the treats from Rep. Courtney. Go Irish!”

“Coach Geno Auriemma and the UConn women’s basketball team are a force to be reckoned with, and this year is no exception,” Courtney said. “Notre Dame may be the toughest opponent yet, but UConn, with the senior leadership of Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley and the inside-outside threat of Breanna Stewart, is ready to claim a record ninth national championship title. After last night’s victory for Coach Ollie and the men’s team, I think we are heading for another dual championship year!”

The Fighting Irish are in contention for their second national championship title. This will be the first time in NCAA tournament history that unbeaten teams have played for the championship. On Monday, Notre Dame Coach Muffet McGraw was named the Naismith women’s college coach of the year, and also won the 2013-14 women’s coach of the year awards from The Associated Press, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. McGraw also won the Naismith award in 2001 and 2013, and is only the third women’s coach to win three or more times.

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