HARTFORD - There were times when the UConn women‚Äôs basketball team had to work to fill out its non-league schedule.
Those days are gone.
The Huskies‚Äô 2019-20 non-league slate is complete and they are well on their way to filling out the non-league schedule for the 2020-21 campaign. The latest additions are former foes Maryland and Texas. UConn will host the Terrapins and the Longhorns in 2020-21 and make trips to College Park and Austin the following year.
‚ÄúOur schedules keep getting tougher, tougher, and tougher, and they‚Äôve been among the toughest over the last 10-15 years,‚ÄĚ UConn coach Geno Auriemma said Wednesday after his team blasted East Carolina 118-55 at the XL Center. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know if people around the country sense ‚ÄėThis is the right time to get them,‚Äô but it seems like there‚Äôs no one that we‚Äôre not playing. It‚Äôs incredible.
‚ÄúAnd those two - Maryland and Texas - are always going to be good and we‚Äôll always have good games with them. It‚Äôs just like when we go to Oklahoma. No matter what their record is, it‚Äôs going to be a good game. You go to Cal-Berkeley, it‚Äôs going to be a good game.‚ÄĚ
UConn completed series with Maryland and Texas a year ago. The Huskies are 7-0 against the Terrapins, and have beaten the Longhorns in all eight meetings.
For 2020-21, UConn has so far signed deals to host Arkansas-Little Rock, Dayton, Maryland, and Texas, and visit Baylor, Cal, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia.
‚ÄúThe teams we play, we know what‚Äôs going to happen when we walk into their gyms,‚ÄĚ Auriemma said. ‚ÄúBut we want to put ourselves in that position as much as possible and you can‚Äôt have it both ways. That‚Äôs the cool thing about it.
‚ÄúYou can‚Äôt play every top 10 team in the country and then go, ‚ÄėWe‚Äôre going to be 40-0 every year.‚Äô I know they used to happen but that‚Äôs the new world we‚Äôre in. We‚Äôre not going to stop playing them because things have changed a little bit. How long do you think it‚Äôs going to take for us to start signing the kind of players we‚Äôve had in the past? We don‚Äôt have enough of them right now, but we will.‚ÄĚ