UConn will meet UCLA in the Hall of Fame Women’s Holiday Showcase Dec. 21 at Mohegan Sun Arena at 5 p.m., the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today. The game will air on ESPN2.
“I am thrilled to be competing in an event sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame for a second-straight season,’’ UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. “UCLA is going to be much improved this season and this match-up promises to be an exciting one. Mohegan Sun Arena is a fun place to play and I am happy that our fans in Southeastern Connecticut have this opportunity to come watch us play in their backyard.’’
The Huskies are 2-0 all-time against the Bruins. This will be the first meeting since UConn’s 106-64 win at Gampel Pavilion Dec. 23, 1999.
“It is an honor to be a part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Holiday Showcase,” UCLA coach Cori Close said in a statement. “To be able to play the reigning national champions in Connecticut will be a huge challenge but also a great opportunity. You couldn’t pick a better arena and the state of Connecticut is very passionate about its basketball. So we are very excited to be in this event.’’
Tickets will go on sale Sept. 15. However, an exclusive pre-sale opportunity for UConn will be available on Aug. 8.
Tickets will be available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets.