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Notre Dame guard Lindsay Allen (15) shoots past Maryland forward Alyssa Thomas (25) during the first half of the championship game in the Final Four of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Notre Dame guard Kayla McBride (21) shoots against Maryland during the second half of the championship game in the Final Four of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Notre Dame guard Kayla McBride (21) celebrates a goal against Maryland during the second half of the championship game in the Final Four of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey)

Notre Dame guard Lindsay Allen (15) celebrates a goal in the closing seconds of the second half of the semifinal game against Maryland in the Final Four of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Notre Dame won 87-61. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey)

Maryland guard Lexie Brown (4) looks to pass against the defense of Notre Dame's Jewell Loyd (32) Markisha Wright (34) during the first half of the championship game in the Final Four of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa and Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw watch practice before the women's Final Four of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Notre Dame will play Maryland Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey)

Notre Dame guard Kayla McBride works during practice before the women's Final Four of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Notre Dame plays Maryland Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

From left: U.S. Sens. Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. (Photos supplied)

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, Republican.
Gov. Pence, Rep. Walorski and Sens. Coats and Donnelly bet the Fighting Irish will win 2014 NCAA women's basketball championship game

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 1:14 p.m.

While some had their doubts after Natalie Achonwa tore her ACL in the Elite Eight game against Baylor on March 31, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is betting that Notre Dame will bring home a championship trophy in Tuesday night's NCAA championship game.

Indiana's two U.S. senators, Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly, are also wagering, as is U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will face off against the University of Connecticut Huskies for the women's NCAA Championship game.

If the Fighting Irish win, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has to send Pence a basket of "Connecticut Grown" agricultural products. If UConn wins, Pence has to send Malloy agricultural products from the Hoosier state, a press release from Malloy's office said.

Malloy already won a fully stocked bourbon bar from Kentucky's governor.

Coats and Donnelly are betting a basket of sweets from the South Bend Chocolate Company on the Fighting Irish. Their counterparts in Connecticut, U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, are putting some Jonathan Java Crunch UConn Dairy Bar ice cream and Stew Leonard's brownies on the line in favor of the Huskies.

“I am confident that the Irish will prevail and look forward celebrating with ice cream and brownies," Coats said in a statement.

Blumenthal had a distinct perspective: "Saving room for South Bend chocolate."

Walorski, whose district includes South Bend, has placed a friendly wager with U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, whose district includes Storrs, where the University of Connecticut is located. Walorski is betting treats from the South Bend Chocolate Company and the Wakarusa Dime Store and Amish jam while Courtney is betting a basket of chocolates, maple syrup, cheese and other Connecticut foods.

“As we celebrate another Hoosier victory tonight, I look forward to enjoying the treats from Rep. Courtney," Walorski said in a statement. "Go Irish!"

Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Do you think Notre Dame will win the championship game tonight?