RENO, Nev. (KOLO) During nonconference play next season, the Nevada women’s basketball team will play host to the current No. 1 program in the country, Connecticut.
The game will take place the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 28 from Lawlor Events Center with a time still to be determined. If UConn remains the No. 1 team in the country come November, they will become the highest ranked women’s team to play against the Wolf Pack in Lawlor. The previous was No. 7 Louisville in 2008, which Nevada defeated 85-82.
UConn’s roster features a local product in junior Gabby Williams, who hails from the nearby town of Sparks and is a graduate of Reed High School. Williams is a significant player for UConn head coach Geno Auriemma and the Huskies, averaging 13.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game this season. Her family has strong ties to Nevada as her father, Matt, played for the men’s basketball program from 1988-91 and her sister, Kayla, played for the women’s program from 2008-12.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to host the University of Connecticut next year. Coach Auriemma and his staff have built a dynasty at UConn, and the game will obviously be a tremendous challenge for our student-athletes,” said Senior Associate AD Rhonda Bennett. “The Wolf Pack has a special relationship with the Williams family with Matt and Kayla having played for the Silver and Blue, and it will be great for our Wolf Pack fans and community to get the chance to welcome Gabby back and see her play in person at Lawlor Events Center.”
UConn has been a storied program in collegiate women’s basketball and is led by Auriemma, who is in his 32nd year at the helm. UConn has won the most NCAA Division I National Championships of any program with 11, including the last four. The Huskies will take a Division I record 109-game winning streak into a Sweet 16 matchup against UCLA this Saturday.
For information on how to purchase season tickets, which will include this game, please contact the ticket office at 775-348-PACK.