The University of Connecticut women's basketball team's road to the 2018 NCAA Final Four will see it travel to 12 states and Canada as the school released its 29-game regular season schedule for the 2017-18 campaign on Wednesday.
The Huskies will play 12 home games -- six each at their on-campus home Gampel Pavilion and at the XL Center in Hartford, 13 on the road, and four at neutral sites.
All 29 games will be televised, including 16 on SNY, which is entering its sixth season broadcasting UConn women's games.
The Huskies return four starters -- including All-Americans Gabby Williams, Katie Lou Samuelson, and Napheesa Collier -- and welcome transfers Azura Stevens and Batouly Camara as well as a freshman class rated among the top-three in the country as they seek their seventh national championship in 10 years, their record 11th consecutive Final Four appearance, and their fifth straight American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles. Coach Geno Auriemma also stands just nine wins away from 1,000 for his career.
UConn finished 36-1 a season ago, but saw its NCAA record 111-game winning streak and its four-year reign as national champion ended with an overtime loss to Mississippi State in the Final Four semifinals in Dallas.
The 13-game non-league schedule had been released earlier and includes games with 2017 national champion South Carolina (Feb. 1 in Columbia, South Carolina), 2017 Final Four participant Stanford (season opener Nov. 12 in the Countdown to Columbus at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio), 2017 Elite Eight club Notre Dame (Jimmy V Classic at the XL Center Dec. 3), and Sweet 16 teams Maryland (Nov. 19 at the XL Center), UCLA (Nov. 21 at Pauley Pavilion), Texas (Jan. 15 at the Erwin Events Center in Austin, Texas), and Louisville (Feb. 12 at Gampel Pavilion).
UConn will also play homecoming games for Williams (Nov. 28 at Nevada) and senior Kia Nurse (Dec. 22 versus Duquesne at Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto), while the UCLA game will serve as a homecoming for Samuelson.
The game at Texas will be the Huskies' first on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in five years after playing on the holiday every season from 1995 to 2013. The game in Storrs with Louisville will be the first meeting between the former Big East and AAC rivals since the Cardinals left for the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014.
There are two first-time opponents: Nevada and AAC newcomer Wichita State (Feb. 10 at the XL Center). UConn has not lost to a first-time opponent since falling to Georgia on Jan. 15, 1996.
The Huskies' 16-game schedule AAC as them playing home-and-home contests against Central Florida, Memphis, South Florida, Temple, and Tulane, hosting Cincinnati, Tulsa, and Wichita State, and visiting East Carolina, Houston, and SMU. UConn is 82-0 in AAC regular season and tournament play since joining the league in 2013.
Senior Day, which if tradition holds will include Williams' induction into the Huskies of Honor program as a 2017 WBCA All-American, is expected to be the regular season finale on Feb. 26 against USF. The fifth annual AAC tournament will be held March 3-6 at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
UConn will host two exhibition games, Nov. 1 versus Fort Hays State and Nov. 5 against reigning Division II national champion Ashland.
UCONN 2017-18 SCHEDULE
a-Nov. 12 vs. Stanford (Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio), 1:30 p.m., ESPN
Nov. 17 California (Gampel Pavilion), 7 p.m., SNY
Nov. 19 Maryland (XL Center, Hartford), 1:30 p.m., ESPN
Nov. 21 at UCLA (Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles), 10:30 p.m., ESPNU
b-Nov. 25 vs. Michigan State (Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore.), 3 p.m., SNY
Nov. 28 at Nevada (Lawler Events Center, Reno, Nev.), 9 p.m., CBS Sports Network
c-Dec. 3 Notre Dame (XL Center, Hartford), 4 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 8 at DePaul (Wintrust Arena, Chicago), TBA, Fox Sports 1
d-Dec. 19 vs. Oklahoma (Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.), 7 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Dec. 22 vs. Duquesne (Mattamy Athletic Centre, Toronto, Canada), 7 p.m., SNY
Dec. 31 Memphis (XL Center, Hartford), 1:30 p.m., SNY
Jan. 3 at East Carolina (Minges Coliseum, Greenville, N.C.), 7 p.m., SNY
Jan. 6 at South Florida (Sun Dome, Tampa, Fla.), 7 p.m., SNY
Jan. 9 Central Florida (Gampel Pavilion), 7 p.m., SNY
Jan. 13 at Houston (HP&E Arena, Texas Southern University, Houston), 3 p.m., SNY
Jan. 15 at Texas (Frank Erwin Events Center, Austin, Tex.), 7 p.m., ESPN2
Jan. 18 Tulsa (Gampel Pavilion), 7 p.m., SNY
Jan. 21 at Temple (McGonigle Hall, Philadelphia), 1 p.m., ESPN2
Jan. 24 at Memphis (Roane Fieldhouse, Memphis, Tenn.), TBA, SNY
Jan. 27 Tulane (Gampel Pavilion), noon, SNY
Feb. 1 at South Carolina (Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.), 7 p.m., ESPN
Feb. 4 Cincinnati (XL Center, Hartford), 1 p.m., SNY
Feb. 7 at Central Florida (CFE Arena, Orlando, Fla.), TBA, SNY
Feb. 10 Wichita State (XL Center, Hartford), 1 p.m., SNY
Feb. 12 Louisville (Gampel Pavilion), 7 p.m., ESPN2
Feb. 18 Temple (XL Center, Hartford), 2 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Feb. 21 at Tulane (Devlin Fieldhouse, New Orleans), 8 p.m., SNY
Feb. 24 at SMU (Moody Coliseum, Dallas, Tex.), TBA, SNY
Feb. 26 South Florida (Gampel Pavilion), 7 p.m., ESPN2
March 3-6 American Athletic Conference tournament (Mohegan Sun Arena), TBA
a-Countdown to Columbus
c-Jimmy V Classic
d-Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase