DURHAM, N.C.- The Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten announced on Thursday the matchups for the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge, which includes Purdue traveling to Durham, N.C., on Dec. 5. This year’s challenge will mark the seventh year of the event that has been extended to 2016.
All 12 Big Ten teams and 12 of the 15 ACC teams will participate in the 2013 Challenge, including Notre Dame and Syracuse, which will join the league on July 1, 2013. Challenge games will be contested in a two-day format, beginning Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Georgia Tech and Florida State will host games on the first day, while Notre Dame and Virginia Tech will be on the road. On Dec. 5, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia will host Big Ten foes, and NC State, Boston College, Syracuse and Miami visit their inter-conference foes.
A year ago, ACC teams combined for a 7-5 mark against its Big Ten counterparts to win its fifth Challenge title. The ACC owns a 41-27 edge over the Big Ten in the Challenge. The two leagues each earned six wins in 2011 to mark the only tie in Challenge history.
Duke and Purdue will meet for the ninth time in school history with the Blue Devils holding a 5-3 advantage. It will mark the second time over the last three years the Boilermakers will travel to Durham as Duke downed Purdue, 64-53, on Dec. 1, 2011 in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The ACC and Big Ten conference offices determine the schedule each season. In addition, the official title of the Challenge rotates each year. The 2013 event will be referred to as the Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge and will continue to mirror the official title of the two conferences' Challenge agreement for men's basketball.
The ACC and the Big Ten have long been among the most dominant conferences on the women's basketball scene. Last season, the ACC was represented by six overall postseason squads, including five teams in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. The five teams in the tournament marked the 19th consecutive season at least four ACC teams have been selected to the field. Overall, the ACC has made 14 Final Four appearances.
For the sixth time in conference history, the Big Ten had at least six teams selected to the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship in 2013, and Big Ten teams have appeared in the NCAA Sweet 16 in 27 of the last 29 years.
2013 Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge game times, as well as television and broadband coverage, will be announced at a later date. For more information about The Challenge, including a complete schedule, visit theacc.com.
As a team, the Blue Devils registered a 33-3 overall record in 2012-13 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Under the direction of the 2012 and 2013 ACC Coach of the Year Joanne P. McCallie, Duke collected its fourth straight ACC regular season title and the second straight outright title with a 17-1 mark. The Blue Devils also won their eighth ACC Championship.
Duke 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.
2013 CHALLENGE SCHEDULE Wednesday, December 4 Notre Dame at Penn State Illinois at Georgia Tech Virginia Tech at Indiana Michigan State at Florida State
Thursday, December 5 NC State at Northwestern Boston College at Wisconsin Syracuse at Iowa Purdue at Duke Ohio State at Maryland Nebraska at North Carolina Michigan at Virginia Miami at Minnesota