UConn women’s basketball released its 2019-2020 non-conference scheduling on Wednesday, declaring it “the best home schedule in program history.” With the likes of Notre Dame, Tennessee, Baylor and Oregon coming to Connecticut, its hard to argue.
The Huskies will open the season against Cal on November 10 with the venue still to be determined. Three days later, UConn will head south to Vanderbilt for Crystal Dangerfield’s homecoming game before returning home Nov. 19 to host Virginia. The Huskies will close out the month with a trip to Ohio, taking on Ohio State Nov. 24 before visiting Dayton on Nov. 26.
The month of December opens with a game against former Big East foe Seton Hall on either Dec. 4 or 5. On Dec. 8, the latest chapter in the UConn-Notre Dame rivalry will be written as Muffet McGraw and Co. travel to Gampel Pavilion. After that, the Huskies will travel to face another former Big East rival in DePaul on Dec. 16 before returning to Connecticut for the team’s yearly game at Mohegan Sun against Oklahoma on Dec. 22.
Unlike years past when UConn typically only plays one or two non-conference games after the New Year, the Huskies will play four big games after the calendar flips. They will host defending national champions Baylor on Jan. 8 at the XL Center — the last team to take down UConn in Hartford during the regular season.
Later in the month, the Huskies will reignite the rivalry with Tennessee on Jan. 23, also at the XL Center. UConn will also host Oregon at Gampel Pavilion and travel to South Carolina at some point in January or February but those dates have not yet been set.
The Huskies will host every team that appeared in last year’s Final Four and will play each of the last three national champions in Baylor, Notre Dame and South Carolina. In fact, Maryland and Texas A&M are the only two national champions from the 21st century not on UConn’s schedule — excluding the Huskies themselves.
Here’s the full schedule:
UConn Women’s Basketball 2019-2020 Non-Conference Schedule
|Nov. 13||@ Vanderbilt||Nashville, TN|
|Nov. 24||@ Ohio State||Columbus, OH|
|Nov. 26||@ Dayton||Dayton, OH|
|Dec. 4/5||@ Seton Hall||South Orange, NJ|
|Dec. 8||Notre Dame||Gampel Pavilion|
|Dec. 16||@ DePaul||Chicago, IL|
|Dec. 22||Oklahoma||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|Jan. 9||Baylor||XL Center|
|Jan. 23||Tennessee||XL Center|
|TBD||@ South Carolina||Columbia, SC|