UConn women’s basketball will play a home-and-home series with the Vanderbilt Commodores beginning next season, The UConn Blog confirmed. The news was first reported by Carl Adamec of SNY.
The Huskies will host Vanderbilt next season before traveling to Nashville during the 2019-20 season for Crystal Dangerfield’s homecoming game. The sophomore guard grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee — less than an hour outside of Nashville.
The purpose of the series is so Dangerfield can play in front of friends and family, as the Commodores have struggled in recent years. To this point in the season, they hold just a 5-16 overall record with just one win in SEC play and have not made the NCAA Tournament since the 2013-14 season.
UConn and Vanderbilt have faced off just six times, with UConn holding a 4-2 advantage. Their last matchup came during the 2014-15 season in the Gulf Coast Showcase, with the Huskies winning 91-52. UConn also beat them in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, 77-44.
Vanderbilt is the Huskies’ third non-conference opponent that is confirmed for next season, joining Oklahoma and Cal — both of which will be played on the road.