SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team has been selected to participate in the first annual Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge during the 2013-14 season and will face off with seven time national champion UConn during the event.
The NCAA women's exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will conclude on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., as the culminating event that will also include three previous games held at Ohio State University and the University of Connecticut.
Four of the eight teams participating in the event advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2012. (UConn, Ohio State, Marist, St. Bonaventure)
The Bonnies will play UConn, Old Dominion and Boston University at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut Campus prior to meeting Bowling Green at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.
The games played on the Connecticut campus will take place between Nov. 22 - Nov. 27, 2013.
The Ohio State pool includes Bowling Green, Marist, Monmouth and Ohio State
St. Bonaventure has met with Boston University just once in program history and came away with a victory. They have never played Old Dominion or UConn. The Bonnies do have recent history with Bowling Green. They last faced BGSU Dec. 12, 2009 in the Reilly Center. The Brown and White came away with a 70-54 victory during a then program-record 11-game win streak. Bowling Green, the alma mater of current Bonnies assistant coach Kate Achter, holds a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series.
"We are excited to announce the first annual Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Basketball challenge,"said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "This is agreat platform to celebrate Women's athletics as well as showcase some of the best college basketball programs in the country."