DURHAM, N.C. – ESPN announced Wednesday that Duke will host Connecticut in the 2013 Jimmy V Women’s Basketball Classic in Cameron Indoor Stadium Tuesday, Dec. 17 on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. The contest will be the 12th annual women’s game of the Jimmy V Classic and the second time the Blue Devils have hosted the event, which benefits The V Foundation for Cancer Research,
The game will close out the seventh annual Jimmy V Week on ESPN, which is a weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research. In six years, Jimmy V Week has generated $6,761,437 in total contributions for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a record-setting number of $1,591,108 in 2013.
Duke last hosted the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 6, 2010 as the Blue Devils downed seventh-ranked Texas A&M, 61-58. The Blue Devils own a 4-0 record all-time in the Jimmy V Classic. Duke and Connecticut will face off for the fifth straight year with the Huskies leading the all-time series, 9-3. Connecticut is coming off posting a 35-4 overall record and claiming its eighth NCAA Championship under the direction of Geno Auriemma.
Duke, who notched a 33-3 record this past season, will return five starters in 2013-14, including 93.7 percent of its scoring. The Blue Devils will welcome back All-America selections Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams along with All-ACC performers Tricia Liston and Haley Peters. Freshman All-America and ACC Tournament MVP Alexis Jones is the final returning starter for Duke. A total of 11 letterwinners will return to the squad next season as McCallie enters her seventh year at Duke.
Tickets for the game will go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 15 at www.GoDuke.com/tickets or by calling the Duke Ticket Office at (919) 681-BLUE. For additional information, visit http://jimmyvclassic.com.
On the men’s side of the Jimmy V Classic, Cincinnati will take on Pittsburgh and Florida will face Memphis Dec. 17 on ESPN, which will be played in Madison Square Garden.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has funded more than $100 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.