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UConn women’s basketball releases 2021-22 non-conference schedule

The Huskies will play one of the toughest slates in the country.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 08 Big East Women’s Basketball Tournament - Marquette v UConn Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

UConn women’s basketball’s non-conference slate is officially set. Like most years, the Huskies will play one of the toughest slates in the country with six opponents that finished in the NCAA’s NET rankings: South Carolina (4), Louisville (6), UCLA (8), Oregon (10), Tennessee (16) and Arkansas (24) as well as seven teams (those six along with Georgia Tech) that made the NCAA Tournament.

“I think this team is young and has a lot of energy,” head coach Geno Auriemma said in a release. “We want them to compete against the top teams in the country. We have a lot of players who haven’t experienced what it is to play in front of a crowd at UConn, so we’re hopeful and excited that will happen this season.”

The Huskies will unofficially begin the new campaign with an exhibition against Fort Hays State on Nov. 7 before kicking off the regular season one week later against Arkansas.

After that, UConn will travel to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis from Nov. 20-22, opening with Minnesota before playing the winner of USF/Syracuse.

On Dec. 5, UConn will renew its series with Notre Dame at home after the Fighting Irish postponed last season’s matchup before heading to Georgia Tech for Olivia Nelson-Ododa’s homecoming on Dec. 7.

In their last game before taking a break for finals week, the Huskies will battle UCLA in Newark for the Never Forget Tribute Classic on Dec. 11. After eight days off, UConn will return for another neutral site matchup, this time with Louisville at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Once the new year begins, the Huskies will have three more non-conference matchups to break up Big East play. First, they’ll fly cross-country to face Oregon on Jan. 17 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — for Evina Westbrook’s homecoming. UConn will then hit the road for a battle with South Carolina on Jan. 27 before wrapping up non-conference play with Tennessee at home on Feb. 6.

Home arena designations, tip times and TV information will be announced later, according to the school.