The UConn Huskies women’s basketball team officially released its non-conference schedule for the 2017-2018 season. Most of the opponents were already known, however, the dates are now finalized. UConn has not yet specified whether home games will be played at Gampel Pavilion or the XL Center at this time.
The season opens up on November 12 in Columbus, OH where the Huskies will face the Stanford Cardinal in the Countdown to Columbus, which will be the site of the 2018 Final Four.
The home opener comes five days later on November 17 when the Cal Golden Bears visit the Nutmeg State, followed by a showdown two days later against the Maryland Terrapins.
Then, the Huskies will fly cross-country to face the UCLA Bruins on November 21. The Bruins gave UConn a run for their money in the Sweet Sixteen last season but the Huskies came away victorious, 86-71.
Next, they will head up the west coast to the Nike PK 80 Phil Knight Invitational, where they’re matched up against Michigan State on November 25. Staying out west, UConn will visit Reno, NV to play the Nevada Wolf Pack on November 28, the homecoming game for senior Gabby Williams.
After nearly two weeks away, Geno Auriemma’s squad returns home to host Notre Dame in arguably their biggest game of the regular season. The December 3 matchup will feature a Hall of Fame coach on each sideline, as Muffet McGraw will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this Friday.
The last game before the finals break comes in Chicago against Doug Bruno and the DePaul Blue Devils on December 8.
UConn returns to action on December 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena where they will face the Oklahoma Sooners in the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase. After that, the Huskies will travel north of the border to Toronto on December 22 for Kia Nurse’s homecoming game against Duquesne.
The non-conference schedule doesn’t end when conference play begins. UConn will play at Texas on January 15, at reigning national champion South Carolina on February 1 and at home against Louisville on February 12.
In total, UConn plays 13 total non-conference games. The Huskies will be traveling a lot, as just five will be in the state of Connecticut.