The series between UConn and Notre Dame morphed into the nation’s premier rivalry over the last couple of seasons. The teams have squared off 15 times since Jan. 16, 2010, including three meetings in the Big East tournament final and three more in the NCAA national semifinals.
The Huskies had lost four straight games and seven of eight in the series before earning an 83-65 win in the national semifinals in New Orleans April 7. Due to conference realignment, however, UConn and Notre Dame cannot meet until the NCAA tournament this season. The Irish are now competing in the ACC. The Huskies are members of the American Athletic Association.
Things could change in 2014-15. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said last season that she would like to continue to play UConn. Huskies’ coach Geno Auriemma now appears to harbor the same sentiment.
“I actually met with Geno (last) week and I’ll be reaching out to Notre Dame,’’ UConn senior women’s administrator Deb Corum said. “We had some conversations early on when it was first announced that Notre Dame was leaving. But a lot has changed since then. Notre Dame called. They were interested in playing us this year, but our schedule was full. From that we’re assuming that Notre Dame would be interested in playing us so we’re going to be reaching out to them in the next week or so to see if we can get them on our schedule.’’
Here is Corum’s take on why some games will be played at Gampel Pavilion this season and others at the XL Center …
“A lot of that had to do with the availability of the XL Center, with their hockey schedule and some other events that they have,’’ Corum said. “We didn’t have a lot of choices. But one choice that we did have that we’re excited about is that the Stanford game (Nov. 11) we decided to keep here on campus. One of the things last year, my first year being here, I just sat back and watched a lot of things. One of the things I wanted to try and do was bring some of our larger games, as far as our opponents are concerned, back on campus when our students are here. So we made a decision right away that the Stanford game we would bring here. So I’m excited about that. I hope our students will come out and support us.’’