ESPN, in conjunction with The V Foundation for Cancer Research, announces the University of Connecticut and University of Notre Dame will be the 2014 participants in the Jimmy V Women’s Classic, to be held Saturday, Dec. 6.
The 13th annual game will be played at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., and televised on ESPN or ESPN2.
UConn-ND series highlights:
- The 2013-14 season marks the first time in almost 20 years that Connecticut and Notre Dame did not face off during the regular season.
- The series – that dates back to the 1995-96 season when the Fighting Irish joined the latter BIG EAST – became one of the most talked about in recent years.
- The Huskies and Fighting Irish have faced off four times in each of the last three years when combining regular-season games with postseason contests, and on average played 2.3 times annually during the 18-year series.
- The two teams have met four times in the NCAA Women’s National Semifinals with Notre Dame holding a 3-1 edge in victories.
- Connecticut leads the all-time series 30-11.
- To date, Connecticut has won eight NCAA Women’s National Championships (1995, 2000, ’02, ’03, ’04, ’09, ’10, ’13) and Notre Dame captured the 2001 national title.
The 2014 Jimmy V Women’s Classic marks the first time the Fighting Irish will be participating, while Connecticut will be playing in the annual event for the fourth straight year and seventh time overall.
The 20th edition of the Jimmy V Men’s Classic will showcase Villanova vs. Maryland and Indiana vs. Louisville on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The early-season event is part of the eighth annual Jimmy V Week, a weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research. In seven years, Jimmy V Week has generated $8,246,000 in total contributions for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a record-setting number of $1,827,000 in 2014.