UConn women’s basketball has announced its non-conference schedule yesterday and despite moving to a much weaker league, the Huskies have managed to keep some beef on their slate.
UConn will play California, Duke, Maryland, Penn State, Stanford, Duke and Baylor. All of those teams have big-time pedigrees, and will help boost the Huskies’ RPI, which could suffer during a paltry American Athletic Conference schedule.
Stanford won the Pac-12 regular season title last year and finished 33-3 overall. Maryland went 26-8 overall and advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing to the Huskies, 76-50.
Penn State was 26-6 last season and won the Big Ten championship. The Lady Lions also lost to the Huskies, 67-52, in Storrs. California went 32-4 last season advanced to the Final Four before falling to Louisville, whom the Huskies crushed for the NCAA title, and Baylor was the nation’s No. 1 ranked team before falling to Louisville in the Sweet 16.
UConn will open the season on Saturday, November 9, when it plays host to Hartford.
The Cal game will be part of the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 22. The Huskies will play Baylor in Waco on January 13. Of course, the Lady Bears will be without National Player of the Year Brittney Griner next season.
The conference slate will feature games against Central Florida, Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, Southern Methodist, South Florida and Temple and will be announced in late summer or early fall.
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.