SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday the matchup of the fourth annual Hall of Fame Women's Holiday Showcase on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Eleven-time national champion UConn will take on Oklahoma, which finished the 2016-17 season with a record of 23-10 and a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 18th consecutive year.
“For the fourth year in a row, basketball fans will have the opportunity to see two of the best teams in the women's game compete in the Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Holiday Showcase,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “Mohegan Sun continues to be a tremendous partner and outstanding venue for the teams and fans alike. We look forward to hosting the Connecticut basketball community once again and welcome those who will be making the trip from Oklahoma.”
The game is the first of a four-year series in which Oklahoma will travel to Connecticut in 2017 and 2019, while the UConn Huskies will make the trip to the Lloyd Noble Center or Chesapeake Energy Arena in 2018 and 2020. The programs have played a total of 10 times, including the 2002 NCAA championship game.
"The Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Holiday Showcase presents a great opportunity for passionate women's basketball fans to see two elite programs face one another in a fantastic venue,” said Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale. “Our program has great respect for Connecticut and we look forward to the challenge."
“We are thrilled to be playing in an event sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame for the fourth straight season,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said. “Our fans in southeastern Connecticut help create a fantastic environment every time we play at Mohegan Sun Arena and we will once again need their help against a great opponent like Oklahoma.”
General public tickets will go on sale Friday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. CT via all Ticketmaster outlets and the Mohegan Sun Arena box office.
Game time and time television details will be released at later date.