Aug. 21, 2012
Springfield, Mass. – The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will participate in the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. The NCAA women’s exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will conclude on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., as the culminating event that also included three previous games held on two campus sites.
Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge – MassMutual Center Schedule:
(Game times will be announced at later date)
University of Connecticut vs. Ohio State University
Marist College vs. Old Dominion University
Monmouth University vs. Boston University
St. Bonaventure University vs. Bowling Green State University
Prior to the neutral site showcase at the MassMutual Center, each team will participate in three scheduled games hosted by the University of Connecticut and Ohio State University. Those games will be played on three consecutive days between November 22 and November 27, 2013.
Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge – Campus Round Pools
Ohio State University Pool University of Connecticut Pool
Bowling Green State University Boston University
Marist College University of Connecticut
Monmouth University Old Dominion University
Ohio State University St. Bonaventure University
“We are excited to announce the first annual Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Basketball challenge,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “This is a great platform to celebrate Women’s athletics as well as showcase some of the best college basketball programs in the country.”
“We are very pleased to be a part of the inaugural Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge,” University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma said. “There are some really good teams in the field and it will be a lot of fun to showcase our game in the birthplace of college basketball. This should end up being a very successful event and I would like to express my appreciation to the Hall of Fame for making this concept a reality.”
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will serve as the host conference for this year’s event. The MAAC will host the men’s and women’s basketball championships at the MassMutual Center in Springfield in March 2013 and March 2014 and has developed a strong partnership with the Basketball Hall of Fame, including the opening of a MAAC exhibit in the Hall of Fame museum and hosting the annual men’s Basketball Hall of Fame Tip Off Tournament.
“It has been a long term goal of the MAAC to sponsor a multi-team women’s basketball tournament similar to those the league does for men’s basketball so that the conference can showcase some of the highest caliber hoops programs,” notes Richard Ensor, Commissioner of the MAAC. “This inaugural field of the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge is an amazing mix of the strongest programs in the country and some of the best of the mid major ranks. This early season environment is important as teams establish their credentials for post-season selections and seeding,” notes Ensor a former NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball committee member.
“It is important that women’s basketball teams have the same number of opportunities for exempt events as the men’s teams current have and we commend the Basketball Hall of Fame for stepping up and organizing this showcase for women’s hoops in Springfield.”
Tickets, neutral site game times and campus round dates for the 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge will be released at a later date. For more information on the Hall of Fame Challenge, log onto www.hoophall.com
About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Birthplace of Basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.
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About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 10 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Loyola University Maryland, Manhattan College, Marist College, Niagara University, Rider University, Saint Peter's University and Siena College. For more on the conference, please visit www.maacsports.com.