STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford fans will have a unique opportunity to catch both defending NCAA champions in 2014-15, as Connecticut’s men’s and women’s teams are scheduled to visit Maples Pavilion.
The women’s matchup is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 17 while the men’s contest is slated for Saturday, Jan. 17.
The only way to guarantee seats for these highly-anticipated non-conference games is by purchasing season tickets. Season ticket renewals have begun and will continue until the renewal deadline of 5 p.m. PT on Monday, June 16.
One of the greatest rivalries currently in women’s basketball, Stanford and two-time defending national champion Connecticut have met 10 times over the past seven seasons with four of those matchups occurring at the NCAA Final Four. In one of the most significant moments in college basketball history, the Cardinal ended Connecticut’s NCAA-record 90-game winning streak in front of a packed Maples Pavilion and a rapt national-TV audience on Dec. 30, 2010, as Jeanette Pohlen produced 31 points, nine rebounds and six assists in Stanford’s 71-59 victory.
On the men’s side, Stanford’s 53-51 upset of No. 10/10 Connecticut last December in Hartford represented a signature victory for the Cardinal, which was the only non-conference opponent to defeat to the Huskies on their way to a national title. Stanford, which finished 5-2 against top-25 competition, notched its first road win over a top-10 team since beating No. 9/9 Washington State 67-65 in overtime on Feb. 2, 2008. Trailing 43-30 four minutes into the second half, Stanford limited Connecticut to just 5-31 (16.1 percent) shooting over the final 20 minutes. Connecticut had won 54 straight home games against non-conference foes dating back to 2007.
The Cardinal women made the program’s 12th NCAA Final Four appearance and sixth over the past seven years, in addition to winning its 14th consecutive Pac-12 regular-season title in 2013-14. Chiney Ogwumike helped lead Stanford to a 33-4 record while capturing the John R. Wooden Award as national player of the year and sweeping the Pac-12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards for the second straight year.
Despite losing two starters and two key reserves to season-ending injuries, the Cardinal men finished 23-13 and advanced to the Sweet 16 for only the fifth time in school history following upsets of New Mexico and Kansas. Making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008, Stanford tied for third at 10-8 in the highly-competitive Pac-12 and played 19 of its 36 games against NCAA Tournament competition.