Aug 27, 2013
The University of Minnesota women’s basketball program, in conjunction with the Big Ten Conference, announced its schedule for the 2013-14 season Tuesday, with the Golden Gophers set to host 17 regular-season contests at Williams Arena. Game times and television rights will be released at a later date.
For the first time in four years, Minnesota will open the Big Ten season at home, facing Michigan State on Jan. 4, before heading to Iowa City, Iowa, for a road showdown with Iowa on Jan. 8. The Spartans and the Hawkeyes are two of five teams that Minnesota will play home-and-home series against, with the Maroon and Gold also taking on Northwestern, Indiana and Wisconsin twice over the course of the year.
Minnesota will host Illinois, Purdue and Ohio State in single-game action at Williams Arena, while traveling to Nebraska, Penn State and Michigan during the year.
The conference is entering into the second of a four-year agreement that will rotate the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament between Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Indianapolis, Ind. The 2014 and 2016 postseason tournaments are set to be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and the 2015 event will be contested at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.
Prior to entering Big Ten play, the Gophers will have 14 non-conference games under their belts, including their 2013-14 season opener at Northern Iowa on Nov. 9 and their home opener against UNC Charlotte on Nov. 13.
After a road contest at Creighton on Nov. 17, Minnesota will play three-straight home games against Kansas, Navy and Loyola Chicago, before heading out to Hawaii for the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown over the Thanksgiving holiday.
At the tournament, the Gophers will face host Hawaii, Chattanooga and Colorado State.
Miami will make the trip to Williams Arena on Dec. 5 for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which begins a six-game homestand for the Maroon and Gold which includes contests against North Dakota (Dec. 8), UCLA (Dec. 20), Auburn (Dec. 22), Oakland (Dec. 29) and the league opener against the Spartans.
In total, Minnesota will face off against 16 teams that competed in postseason play last season, including 12 teams that made appearances in the NCAA Tournament and four that were selected for the WNIT.
The Gophers' first games will be a pair of exhibitions at Williams Arena, with the Maroon and Gold taking on Winona State on Oct. 29 and Minnesota State Moorhead on Nov. 2.
Season tickets for the 2013-14 campaign are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling the University of Minnesota Ticket Office at 612.624.8080 or 1.800.UGOPHER.
2013-14 Minnesota Women’s Basketball Schedule
Oct. 29 – Winona State (Exhibition) – Williams Arena
Nov. 2 – Minnesota State Moorhead (Exhibition) – Williams Arena
Nov. 9 – at Northern Iowa – Cedar Falls, Iowa
Nov. 13 – UNC Charlotte – Williams Arena
Nov. 17 – at Creighton – Omaha, Neb.
Nov. 20 – Kansas – Williams Arena
Nov. 24 – Navy – Williams Arena
Nov. 26 – Loyola Chicago – Williams Arena
Nov. 29-Dec. 1 – at Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown
(Hawaii, Chattanooga, Colorado State)
Dec. 5 – Miami – Williams Arena
Dec. 8 – North Dakota – Williams Arena
Dec. 20-22 – Subway Classic
Dec. 20 – UCLA – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – Williams Arena
Dec. 21 – UCLA vs. Auburn – 2:00 p.m. – Williams Arena
Dec. 22 – Auburn – 2:00 p.m. – Williams Arena
Dec. 29 – Oakland – Williams Arena
Jan. 4 – Michigan State* – Williams Arena
Jan. 8 – at Iowa* - Iowa City, Iowa
Jan. 12 – Northwestern* – Williams Arena
Jan. 16 – at Nebraska* - Lincoln, Neb.
Jan. 19 – at Indiana* - Bloomington, Ind.
Jan. 23 – Wisconsin* – Williams Arena
Jan. 26 – at Penn State* - University Park, Pa.
Jan. 29 – Iowa* – Williams Arena
Feb. 1 – at Michigan* - Ann Arbor, Mich.
Feb. 9 – Illinois*– Williams Arena
Feb. 12 – at Wisconsin* - Madison, Wis.
Feb. 15 – at Northwestern* - Evanston, Ill.
Feb. 20 – Purdue* – Williams Arena
Feb. 24 – at Michigan State* - East Lansing, Mich.
Feb. 27 – Indiana* – Williams Arena
March 2 – Ohio State* – Williams Arena
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