July 8, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has released its non-conference schedule for the 2013-14 season, as announced by head coach Geno Auriemma on Monday. The schedule includes 13 games, including seven at home, four on the road and two at neutral sites.
The Huskies will play their first of two exhibition games on Friday, November 1 against Gannon University. Gannon finished the 2012-13 season with a 31-5 overall record, won the PSAC Regular Season Championship and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship. UConn will round out the exhibition slate with a contest against Philadelphia on Wednesday, November 6. The Rams were 14-13 against Division II competition last season.
The 2013-14 regular-season opener is scheduled for Saturday, November 9 when UConn plays host to Hartford. The Hawks finished 2012-13 with a 21-12 record, including a 10-6 mark in America East Conference play.
Next up for the Huskies is the annual showdown against Stanford two day later in the Nutmeg State. The Cardinal finished the year 33-3 overall, won the Pac-12 Regular Season title with a 17-1 mark and took home the championship hardware from the Pac-12 Tournament. Stanford, which suffered a 61-35 loss to UConn last year in Palo Alto, advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal.
The 2013-14 road opener is set for Friday, November 15 at Maryland. The Terrapins were 26-8 overall last year, including 14-4 in the AAC. Maryland advanced to the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal last year, but fell, 76-50, to the Huskies in Bridgeport.
Connecticut will remain on the road to face Penn State on Sunday, November 17. The Lady Lions were 26-6 last year and won the Big 10 Regular Season Championship with a 14-2 league mark. Penn State dropped a 67-52 decision to the Huskies last year in Storrs.
The Oregon Ducks will fly into Connecticut on Wednesday, November 20 for a rematch of last year’s 95-51 UConn victory in Eugene. Oregon finished the 2012-13 season with a 4-27 overall record.
Leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Huskies will compete against Boston University (11/22), Monmouth (11/23) and St. Bonaventure (11/24) as part of the 2013 Hall of Fame Classic. BU put together a great 2012-13 season, posting a 24-6 overall record and a 13-2 record in America East Conference action. The Terriers fell to Fordham in the second round of the WNIT. Monmouth was 15-15 last year while the Bonnies were 10-19 and a year removed from advancing to the Regional Semifinal of the NCAA Tournament.
After a few days off for Thanksgiving, UConn will meet Ohio State in the fourth and final game of the Hall of Fame Classic on Sunday, December 1. Ohio State finished last year at 18-13 overall and 7-9 in the Big 10.
UC Davis will make the trek to Connecticut on Thursday, December 5. UC Davis was 12-18 last year.
After an extensive break for final exams, UConn will travel to Durham, N.C. to square-off against Duke on Tuesday, December 17 in the Jimmy V Classic. The Blue Devils had another stellar year in 2012-13, posting a 33-3 overall record and won both the ACC Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
The Huskies will next square-off against Cal, as part of the 2013 Maggie Dixon Classic, on Sunday, December 22. The Golden Bears went 32-4 in 2012-13, won a share of the Pac-12 Regular Season Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Final Four. UConn is 2-1 all-time against Cal.
The non-conference slate will be rounded out on Monday, January 13 when the Huskies travel to Waco, Texas to take on the Baylor Lady Bears. Baylor was 34-2 last year and won the Big 12 Regular Season and Tournament Championships before being eliminated from the NCAA Tournament in a regional semifinal loss to Louisville.
2013-14 Non-conference Schedule Notes
- 13 total games
- Seven home games, four road contests and two at neutral sites
- Six games against teams in last year’s RPI top-10
- Five games against teams that won a conference championship
- Five games against teams that advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal
- Two games against teams that advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament Regional Final
Game times, home game locations and television information is TBA.