Womenâ€™s Hoops Finalizes 2016-17 Non-Conference Schedule. The Press Release.
Huskies Will Play Seven of Last Year’s NCAA Sweet 16 Teams
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has finalized its non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season, as announced by head coach Geno Auriemma on Tuesday, June 14. The 13-game slate includes six home games, six away games and one game at a neutral site.
The 2016-17 regular season commences with a matchup at Florida State on Monday, November 14. The Seminoles finished the 2015-16 season 25-8 overall and 13-3 in the ACC. FSU, which advanced to the regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament, was rated No. 15 in final ratings percentage index (RPI) of 2015-16 and No. 17 in the final AP Poll.
UConn’s 2016-17 home opener is scheduled for Thursday, November 17 when the team welcomes Baylor to the Nutmeg State. The Lady Bears posted a 36-2 record last year and won the Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles. Baylor, which was 17-1 in Big 12 play last year, advanced to the regional final of the 2016 NCAA Tournament and finished the season ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll and No. 2 in the RPI.
Following the showdown with the Lady Bears, the Huskies will hit the road for a contest at LSU on Sunday, November 20. The Lady Tigers had a rare down year and finished the 2015-16 season with a 10-21 (3-13) record.
UConn will return home from Louisiana for a three-game home stand, which begins with a Tuesday, November 22 contest against Dayton. The Flyers, who many fans will remember as the team that gave the Huskies all they could handle in the 2015 NCAA Tournament regional final, were 14-15 overall last year and 7-9 in Atlantic 10 play. UD fell at Western Kentucky in the first round of the 2016 WNIT.
Following a week off over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Huskies will welcome 2016 Southern Conference regular-season and tournament champion Chattanooga to Connecticut. The Lady Mocs were 24-8 (12-2) last year and fell to Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The final leg of the three-game home stand will include 2016 Big East regular-season champion DePaul on Thursday, December 1. The Blue Demons posted a 27-9 overall record and a 16-2 league mark en route to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament regional semifinal.
UConn will remain in the Constitution State for a rematch of its 2016 NCAA regional semifinal win over Texas on Sunday, December 4 in the Jimmy V Classic hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Longhorns were 31-5 last year and finished second in the Big 12 with a 15-3 mark. UT concluded the season rated No. 7 in the RPI and ranked and No. 7 in the final AP Poll.
The Huskies will then head to South Bend, Ind. for a matchup with Notre Dame on Wednesday, December 7. The Huskies handed ND its only regular-season loss last year and the Irish concluded the season with a 33-2 record after advancing to the regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament. Notre Dame was rated No. 1 in the final RPI and No. 2 in the final AP Poll.
UConn will then travel to Manhattan, Kan. for a contest at Kansas State on Sunday December 11. The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament and finished the year with a 19-13 overall record and an 8-10 mark in Big 12 action.
Following an eight-day break for exams, the Huskies will welcome Ohio State to Connecticut on Monday, December 19. The Buckeyes posted a 26-8 record last year and finished second in the Big 10 with a 15-3 mark. OSU advanced to the regional semifinal of the 2016 NCAA Tournament and finished the year rated No. 6 in the RPI and No. 9 in the AP Poll.
The Ohio State game kicks off three-consecutive contests against Big 10 teams as the Huskies will travel to Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers on Wednesday, December 21. Nebraska advanced to the first round of the WNIT and finished the 2015-16 season with an 18-13 (9-9) record.
Following another eight-day break for Christmas, UConn will hit the road again for a showdown with 2016 Big 10 regular-season and tournament champion Maryland. The Terps were 31-4 last year and won the league with a 16-2 record. Maryland advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the year rated No. 8 in the RPI and No. 5 in the AP Poll.
The 2016-17 non-conference regular season slate will conclude with a contest against South Carolina in Connecticut on Monday, February 13. The Gamecocks (33-2, 16-0) advanced to the regional semifinal of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, won the SEC regular season and tournament crowns and finished the season rated No. 4 in the RPI and No. 3 in the AP Poll.
2016-17 Schedule Notes
- 13 total Games
- Six home games
- Six away games
- One game at a neutral site
- 10 games against 2016 NCAA Tournament teams
- Seven games against teams that advanced to the 2016 NCAA regional semifinal
- Two games against teams that advanced to the 2016 NCAA regional final
- Seven games against teams rated in the top-15 of the final 2016 RPI
- Nine games against teams rated in the top-40 of the final 2016 RPI
- 12 games against teams rated in the top-100 of the final 2016 RPI
- Six games against teams ranked in the top-10 of the final 2016 AP Poll
- Eight games against teams ranked in the top-20 of the final 2016 AP Poll
- Four games against teams ranked in the top-five of the final 2016 AP Poll
- Five games against teams ranked in the top-seven of the final 2016 AP Poll
- Six games against teams that won either its conference’s regular-season or tournament title