Breaking down the UConn women’s schedule
Updated 7:15 pm, Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The UConn women’s basketball team will play 13 teams who played in last season’s NCAA tournament, including reigning national champion South Carolina.
The return of UConn legend Nykesha Sales to Gampel Pavilion as an Central Florida assistant and homecoming games for seniors Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams are other highlights.
The Huskies open conference play by hosting Memphis on Dec. 31 while the regular season ends with a home game against South Florida on Feb. 26. UConn also host Fort Hays on Nov. 1 at the XL Center in one exhibition game and will meet defending Division II national champion Ashland on Nov. 5 at Gampel Pavilion in the other.
A look at the schedule
Nov. 12 vs. Stanford (Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio), 1:30 p.m. ESPN: Stanford has ended two of UConn’s four longest winning streaks and a Cardinal win would mark the first time the Huskies have lost consecutive games since March 1993
Nov. 17 vs. California (Gampel), 7 p.m. SNY: Cal’s Kristine Anigwe joins Columbia’s Camille Zimmerman as the only returning Division I women’s players to average at least 21 points and nine rebounds.
Nov. 19 vs. Maryland (XL Center), 1:30 p.m. ESPN: Six Maryland players, including all three double-figure scorers, are gone due to graduation and transfer.
Nov. 21 at UCLA, 10:30 p.m. ESPNU: First true road game for Huskies figures to be a matchup of top-five teams featuring four possible first-round draft picks in the 2018 WNBA Draft.
Nov. 25 vs. Michigan State (at Eugene, Ore.) 3 p.m., SNY: Game part of a doubleheader in the PK80 Invitational and first meeting between the teams since Spartans’ 16-point win in Hartford in 2004.
Nov. 28 at Nevada, 9 p.m., CBS Sports Network: The Lawlor Events Center will be site as Nevada native Gabby Williams leads UConn into its first game in the state since 1997
Dec. 3 vs. Notre Dame (XL Center), 4 p.m. ESPN: Perennial Final Four contender Notre Dame will be without standout post player Brianna Turner, who will miss season as a result of knee injury suffered in NCAA tourney.
Dec. 8 at DePaul, FS1: Huskies will play in first women’s basketball game in new Wintrust Arena.
Dec. 19 vs. Oklahoma (Mohegan Sun Arena), 7 p.m., CBS Sports Network: If Huskies enter the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase undefeated, Geno Auriemma will go for win No. 1,000.
Dec. 22 vs. Duquesne (Mattamy Athletic Centre), 7 p.m., SNY: Huskies venture to Toronto as senior guard Kia Nurse gets to play in her native Ontario.
Dec. 31 vs. Memphis (XL Center), 1:30 p.m. SNY: UConn is 10-0 playing on New Year’s Eve, winning the last seven by an average of 46 points.
Jan. 3 at East Carolina, 7 p.m. SNY: Gabby Williams recorded the fifth triple-double in UConn history when Huskies played in Greenville last season.
Jan. 6 at South Florida, 7 p.m. SNY: Five freshmen and Northern Arizona transfer Alyssa Rader give perennial AAC contending Bulls a new look.
Jan. 9 vs. Central Florida (Gampel), 7 p.m. SNY: Knights assistant coach Nykesha Sales will take part in her first game in Storrs since her senior season at UConn nearly 20 years ago.
Jan. 13 at Houston, 3 p.m. SNY: The fourth straight season the Cougars and Huskies play only once in the regular season.
Jan. 15 at Texas, 7 p.m. ESPN2: Another rugged road test as standout Texas post player Jordan Holmes should be back after not being with Longhorns during the fall semester.
Jan. 18 vs. Tulsa (Gampel), 7 p.m. SNY: Napheesa Collier is shooting 76 percent from the field in four career games against Tulsa.
Jan. 21 at Temple, 1 p.m. ESPN2: Owls outscored Huskies in second half the last time the teams met in Philadelphia.
Jan. 24 at Memphis, TBD, SNY: Katie Lou Samuelson dropped 29 points on Tigers in lone 2016-17 regular-season meeting.
Jan. 27 vs. Tulane (Gampel), noon SNY: Tulane senior game Kolby Morgan ranks sixth among active Division I women’s players with 1,634 career points.
Feb. 1 at South Carolina, 7 p.m. ESPN: This will be the eighth time UConn faces the reigning national champions in the regular season, posting a 3-4 mark.
Feb. 4 vs. Cincinnati (XL Center), 1 p.m. SNY: Another Super Bowl matinee game for the Huskies.
Feb. 7 at Central Florida, TBD, SNY: Knights went from seven to 21 wins in Katie Abrahamson-Henderson’s first season as head coach
Feb. 10 vs. Wichita State (XL Center), 1 p.m. SNY: Rangie Bessard returns after leading newest AAC member in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.
Feb. 12 vs. Louisville (Gampel), 7 p.m. ESPN: UConn plays two non-conference games inFebruary for first time since 1982-83 season.
Feb. 18 vs. Temple (XL Center), 2 p.m. CBS Sports Network: Alliya Butts and New Haven’s Tanaya Atkinson can become first set of Temple classmates to record 1,500 career points.
Feb. 21 at Tulane, 8 p.m. SNY: Green Wave had the ball trailing by three points in final 10 seconds in Huskies’ most recent trip to New Orleans.
Feb. 24 at SMU, TBD, SNY: Huskies return to Dallas for first time since stunning loss to Mississippi State in Final Four.
Feb. 26 vs. South Florida (Gampel), 7 p.m. ESPN2: Katie Lou Samuelson averaged 25 points in the three games against the Bulls as a sophomore.