basketball-women-d1 flag

Ryan Thorburn | The Register-Guard | October 6, 2018

Women's basketball: Oregon schedules future home-and-home series with powerhouse UConn

oregon women's basketball

EUGENE, Ore. — UConn has been to the women's Final Four 11 consecutive seasons and won six of the program's 11 national championships during that span.

Oregon coach Kelly Graves has always been an admirer of his friend Geno Auriemma's empire and motivated to build his own powerhouse.

"I was one of those right from the very start that would say I didn't think UConn was bad for the game," Graves said this week. "I think it's good for the game because everybody needs to rise and get better. And I think that's happening."

RELATED STORIES: Women's college basketball players at FIBA World Cup

The Ducks, who were blown out by the Huskies in the 2017 Bridgeport Regional Final, will get a chance to see how far they've come next season when Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard are seniors.

Oregon and UConn have agreed to play a home-and-home series beginning with a game at either Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., or the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., in 2019-20 and at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene in 2021-22.

The Huskies were upset in the national semifinal for the second consecutive season last year when Notre Dame followed up its Elite Eight win over the Ducks with a buzzer-beating upset of UConn en route to the national title.

RELATED STORIES: Notre Dame, Louisville will be the teams to beat in ACC

"They're still the barometer, they're still the tiger of the sport," Graves said of UConn. "They drive the ratings and the interest and a lot of that stuff, but people are getting closer. ...

"They're not going anywhere as long as (Auriemma's) there."

UConn defeated Michigan State 96-62 last year at the PK80 Invitational last season at Matthew Knight Arena but did not play the Ducks. Oregon beat Oklahoma 92-74. 

This article is written by Ryan Thorburn from The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore. and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

College basketball: What is the Jimmy V Classic?

Here's what you need to know about the Jimmy V Classic, which is inspired by former North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator Jim Valvano and his fight against cancer
READ MORE

Women's basketball: Stanford on top, UConn up to No. 2 in latest AP poll

Aside from Stanford retaining the No. 1 spot, there is plenty of movement in the last AP Top 25 poll for women's college basketball.
READ MORE

NCAA women's basketball bracket, projected about 100 days from the selection show

Michelle Smith gives her predictions on how the NCAA Division I women's college basketball bracket will look on selection day, about 100 days before.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners