UConn women’s basketball has added a pair of marquee nonconference series for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons. UConn announced a brand new series with the NC State Wolfpack earlier in the day and an extension of their series with South Carolina just a few hours later.
NC State will travel to Connecticut in 2022-23 and UConn will go down to Raleigh the following season. The Wolfpack and Huskies have not faced off since the 2007 Sweet 16, but it’s a good series for both teams. NC State has won back-to-back ACC Tournament titles and has established itself as one of the games’ fastest-rising programs.
UConn’s series against the Gamecocks was set to expire after this coming season, when the Huskies head down to Columbia. The two schools decided to tack on another home-and-home for 2022-23 and 2023-24. Dawn Staley and South Carolina travel to Connecticut in 2022-23 while the Huskies return to South Carolina a year later in 2023-24.
The Huskies are 9-1 all-time against the Gamecocks, most recently taking down No. 1 South Carolina at Gampel in overtime this past season.
With the addition of the NC State and South Carolina series, the 2022-23 slate features the aforementioned first legs of the Wolfpack and Gamecocks series at home along with away games against rivals Notre Dame and Tennessee. In 2023-24, the Huskies take on NC State and South Carolina on the road while welcoming the fighting Irish to Connecticut.
Overall, it’s no surprise that UConn continues to build difficult non-conference schedules, even after the move to the Big East. While the level of play is certainly higher in the Huskies’ new home, Geno Auriemma and the Huskies have always valued strong competition early in the season to get a sense of where the program stands on a national scale.