Minnesota to Host Miami in 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge
May 16, 2013
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team will host Miami in the 2013-14 Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge, the conferences announced Thursday. The Gophers and Hurricanes will face off on Thursday, Dec. 5, at Williams Arena. The time has not been determined.
The Gophers are 2-4 overall in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which includes a 1-3 record at Williams Arena and an even 1-1 record on the road. A year ago, Big Ten teams combined for a 5-7 mark against their ACC counterparts. In the past two seasons, the two conferences have squared off in head-to-head competition on 37 total occasions with the Big Ten holding a 19-18 advantage.
Minnesota returns four of its top five scorers, including WBCA All-America Honorable Mention selection Rachel Banham (20.7 ppg), Micaëlla Riché (13.2 ppg), Sari Noga (7.0 ppg) and Shayne Mullaney (6.7 ppg), from a team that posted an 18-14 overall record, a 7-9 Big Ten record and played in the WNIT last season. Both the team's overall and conference records were the best marks for the Gophers since 2008-09.
The Hurricanes are coming of a 2011-12 season in which they posted a 21-11 overall record and an 11-7 ACC mark. Miami also made its third-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, falling to Iowa in the opening round.
The ACC and Big Ten conference offices determine the schedule each season. In addition, the official title of the Challenge will rotate each year. The 2013 event will be referred to as the Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge and will continue to mirror the official title of the two conferences' Challenge agreement for men's basketball.
Game times, as well as television and broadband coverage, will be announced at a later date. For more information about the Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge, including a complete schedule, log on to bigten.org.