Maryland, Texas back on UConn women's basketball's schedule

Published on Thursday, 7 February 2019 21:21
Written by CARL ADAMEC


HARTFORD - There were times when the UConn women’s basketball team had to work to fill out its non-league schedule.

Those days are gone.

The Huskies’ 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.

“Our schedules keep getting tougher, tougher, and tougher, and they’ve been among the toughest over the last 10-15 years,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said Wednesday after his team blasted East Carolina 118-55 at the XL Center. “I don’t know if people around the country sense ‘This is the right time to get them,’ but it seems like there’s no one that we’re not playing. It’s incredible.

“And those two - Maryland and Texas - are always going to be good and we’ll always have good games with them. It’s just like when we go to Oklahoma. No matter what their record is, it’s going to be a good game. You go to Cal-Berkeley, it’s going to be a good game.”

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.

“The teams we play, we know what’s going to happen when we walk into their gyms,” Auriemma said. “But we want to put ourselves in that position as much as possible and you can’t have it both ways. That’s the cool thing about it.

“You can’t play every top 10 team in the country and then go, ‘We’re going to be 40-0 every year.’ I know they used to happen but that’s the new world we’re in. We’re not going to stop playing them because things have changed a little bit. How long do you think it’s going to take for us to start signing the kind of players we’ve had in the past? We don’t have enough of them right now, but we will.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, UConn on Thursday, 7 February 2019 21:21. Updated: Thursday, 7 February 2019 21:24.