The 2018-2019 NCAA women's basketball season begins today, Tuesday, Nov. 6, when every program begins the journey they hope leads to the 2019 Final Four.
The reigning national champions, the Fighting Irish, are set to host Harvard at 4 p.m. on November 9 to open their season. Notre Dame's slate includes 16 teams who made the NCAA tournament last season.They'll meet WCC champion Gonzaga at the Thanksgiving tournament before taking on powerhouse UConn in the Jimmy V Classic game within the first month of the season.
Louisville, who took on Mississippi State in the Final Four last season and rank No. 5 in the preseason poll, have a game on the official first day of the season. The Cardinals will travel to Bowling Green for an in-state game versus Wester Kentucky at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
National runner-up No. 6 Mississippi State also tips off against an in-state competitor on opening night. The Bulldogs will take on Southeast Missouri State at 7 p.n. on their home court.
Here are some other matchups that will take place during the first week of the season:
* all times shown are in E.T.
No. 19 Marquette vs. South Dakota State (Al McGuire Center, Milwaukee, WI), 11:30 p.m. — Nov. 6
No. 18 Syracuse vs. North Dakota (Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY), 3 p.m. — Nov. 6
No. 4 Baylor vs. Nicholls (Ferrrell Center, Waco, TX), 7 p.m. — Nov. 6
No. 13 Iowa vs. Dakota Wesleyan (Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, IA), 8 p.m. — Nov. 6
No. 17 NC State vs. Belmont (Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, NC), 7 p.m. — Nov. 7
No. 20 Texas A&M vs.Rice (Reed Arena, College Station, TX), 7 p.m. — Nov. 7
No. 7 Stanford vs. UC Davis (Maples Pavilion, Stanford, CA), 10 p.m. — Nov. 7
No. 4 Baylor vs. St. Francis (Ferrell Center, Waco, TX), 8 p.m. — Nov. 8
No. 11 Texas vs. Duquesne (Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX), 8 p.m. — Nov. 8
No. 9 Maryland vs. Coppin State (Xfinity Center, College Park, MD), 7 p.m. — Nov. 9
No. 13 Iowa vs. Oral Roberts (Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, IA), 7 p.m. — Nov. 9
Chattanooga No. 5 Louisville (McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, TN) 7 p.m. — Nov. 9
Virginia vs. No. 6 Mississippi State (John Paul Jones Arena, Chalottesville, VA), 7 p.m. — Nov. 9
No. 8 Oregon State vs. Cal Poly (Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR), 10 p.m. — Nov. 9
No. 18 Syracuse vs. No. 3 Oregon (Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR), TBD — Nov. 10
No. 2 UConn vs. Ohio State (Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, CT), 12 p.m. — Nov. 11
Northwestern vs. No. 21 Duke (Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, IL), 1 p.m. — Nov. 11
No. 14 Georgia vs. Winthrop (Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, GA), 2 p.m. — Nov. 11
No. 10 South Carolina vs. Alabama State (Dunn-Oliver Acadome, Montgomery, AL), 4 p.m. — Nov. 11
No. 4 Baylor vs. No. 23 Arizona State (Wells Fargo Arena, Fort Defiance, AZ), 6:30 p.m. — Nov. 11
North Carolina State vs. Kent State (Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, NC), 2 p.m. — Nov. 11