SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the game schedule for the 2014 Hall of Fame Women's Challenge. The Hall of Fame Women's Challenge, hosted by the Hall of Fame and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, is an annual women's exempt college basketball tournament featuring eight schools. All event proceeds will benefit the non-profit Hall of Fame.
"We are thrilled to be holding our second annual Hall of Fame Women's Challenge in 2014," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "We look forward to hosting the best in women's college basketball at this annual event."
Six games will be played November 23-25 at the University of Notre Dame, six games will be played at the University of Kansas from November 21-23 and four games will be played at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on Sunday, November 30. The eight competing teams include: Harvard University, Quinnipiac University, Holy Cross, University of Notre Dame, Temple University, Georgetown University, University of Kansas and University of Alabama.
"We are thrilled to continue to expand our relationship with the Basketball Hall of Fame," said Bobby Soper, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mohegan Sun. "For seven years now, we have worked closely together on a number of events including a very successful men's tournament inside Mohegan Sun Arena this past fall."
"Building on the success of the inaugural tournament, and following the well received feedback on the men's event, the co-hosts are pleased to have the second year 2014 Hall of Fame Women's Challenge at Mohegan Sun Arena," said Rich Ensor, MAAC Commissioner. "The MAAC is excited that Quinnipiac will represent the league in year two of the Challenge as the event's reputation develops as the best early season women's hoops tournament."
For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Challenge – log onto www.hoophall.com/womenschallenge. Tickets for games at Mohegan Sun Arena will go on-sale at a later date.
All game times are TBA
Games played at University of Notre Dame
Sunday, November 23
Harvard University vs. Quinnipiac University
University of Notre Dame vs. Holy Cross
Monday, November 24
Quinnipiac University vs. Holy Cross
University of Notre Dame vs. Harvard University
Tuesday, November 25
Harvard University vs. Holy Cross
University of Notre Dame vs. Quinnipiac University
Games played at University of Kansas
Friday, November 21
Temple University vs. Georgetown University
University of Kansas vs. University of Alabama
Saturday, November 22
Georgetown University vs. University of Alabama
University of Kansas vs. Temple University
Sunday, November 23
University of Alabama vs. Temple University
University of Kansas vs. Georgetown University
Games played at Mohegan Sun Arena
Sunday, November 30
Holy Cross vs. Georgetown University
Harvard University vs. Temple University
University of Notre Dame vs. University of Kansas
Quinnipiac University vs. University of Alabama
Women's Challenge Head Coaches Quotes:
"We are honored and extremely excited to be selected to compete in the 2014 Hall of Fame Challenge. To have the opportunity to play at Notre Dame against three quality opponents, and then the next week be a part of a quadruple-header at Mohegan Sun Arena is awesome for our program and it is a terrific showcase for Women's College Basketball! We are grateful to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield and the MAAC Conference for sponsoring the Event and we really look forward to competing in it next November."– Holy Cross – Bill Gibbons
"We are very excited to play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge. Here in New England, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is a treasure. The opportunity to compete with some of the perennial powerhouses in our sport makes this tournament very special." – Harvard - Kathy Delaney-Smith
"We are thrilled to be a part of the 2014 Hall of Fame Challenge. This tournament features so many talented teams and gifted student-athletes and it's a tremendous showcase for women's basketball. We are looking forward to playing host to early-round games in the tournament and then meeting a very strong and well-coached Kansas team out at Mohegan Sun. We also appreciate all the support of the organizers and volunteers who make this event possible and we're excited to take the court when next year's Hall of Fame Challenge tips off." – Notre Dame - Muffet McGraw
"This is an outstanding opportunity to be invited to a really competitive tournament. We're looking forward to playing in an event with great teams and venues spanning Kansas to Connecticut." – Georgetown – Jim Lewis
"We are looking forward to participating in the Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Challenge, and we are excited about traveling to a part of the country that will be new to many of our players. This is certainly one of the highlights in our 2014-15 schedule, and we appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this event." – Alabama – Kristy Curry
"It's an honor to be included in such a prestigious event. We look forward to playing at an iconic place in South Bend which Coach McGraw has shaped into one of the models of the sport. Moreover we look forward to playing at such an outstanding venue so close to home. Our players can't wait." – Quinnipiac – Tricia Fabbri
"We are so excited to be a part of the second annual Hall of Fame Women's Challenge. This is a great opportunity for our Temple players. We will be playing on a national stage against outstanding opponents. We look forward to kicking off next season in this prestigious event." – Temple University – Tonya Cardoza
"We're excited about the opportunity to play three quality teams in Alabama, Georgetown and Temple inside Allen Fieldhouse. We certainly have our hands full with great games here and then an opportunity to play a quality team in Notre Dame on a neutral court. Being able to play at Mohegan Sun, where the Connecticut Suns play, is a great opportunity for our players and from an exposure standpoint with quality competition." –Kansas– Bonnie Henrickson