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Women's Basketball to Face Iowa in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

 



June 4, 2014


Jude Schimmel had 10 points and three steals in the NCAA Tournament win over Iowa last season.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville women's basketball team beat Iowa last season to earn its fifth trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. The two teams are meeting again in the 2014-15 season as part of the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the conference offices announced Wednesday.

The second meeting in series history between the two programs is scheduled for Dec. 4 in the KFC Yum! Center, with the time and network for the game announced at a later date.

"We're excited as a staff to be facing Iowa in our first ACC/Big Ten Challenge game," head coach Jeff Walz said. "We were impressed with them during the NCAA Tournament last season, and I really believe our fans are going to enjoy what should be a terrific game at the KFC Yum! Center.

"We have to replace four quality student-athletes from last year's team is tough, but we expect to have another competitive group this year."

The event, now in its eighth year, features two days worth of action between the two conferences. Last season, the ACC boasted a 7-5 record. Overall, the ACC owns 48-32 edge over the Big Ten in Challenge games.

In last year's NCAA Tournament second-round meeting in Iowa City, Iowa, Shoni Schimmel scored a game-high 26 points, and Antonita Slaughter added 17. Jude Schimmel came off the bench and logged 10 points and three steals in the win.

As a team, the Cardinals shot a stellar 53.1 percent from the field along with an 88 percent clip from the free-throw line. Defensively, Louisville limited Iowa to just 23 points in the first half and stifled the Hawkeyes' shooting. Iowa knocked down only 33.3 percent of its shots, including going 1-of-16 from beyond the arc.

All 14 Big Ten teams and 14 of the 15 ACC teams will participate in the 2014 Challenge.

The ACC and the Big Ten have long been among the most competitive conferences on the women's basketball scene. Since 1982, the ACC (16) and the Big Ten (8) have combined for 24 berths in the Final Four and have combined for 318 total appearances in the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. Last season, the ACC sent nine teams to postseason play, the most in conference history, and had two teams in the Final Four.

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2014 ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE

Wednesday, Dec. 3
Maryland at Notre Dame
Indiana at Boston College
Minnesota at NC State
Florida State at Purdue
Duke at Nebraska
Wake Forest at Michigan
Virginia at Illinois
Pittsburgh at Ohio State

Thursday, Dec. 4
Iowa at Louisville
Penn State at Syracuse
Northwestern at Virginia Tech
Wisconsin at Miami
North Carolina at Rutgers
Georgia Tech at Michigan State

CHALLENGE HISTORY
Overall record: ACC 48, Big Ten 32

2013 Challenge Results - ACC 7, Big Ten 5
North Carolina 75, Nebraska 62
Maryland 67, Ohio State 55
Georgia Tech 93, Illinois 69
Florida State 60, Michigan State 58
Notre Dame 77, Penn State 67
Indiana 77, Virginia Tech 65
Wisconsin 74, Boston College 59
Duke 99, Purdue 78
NC State 76, Northwestern 61
Iowa 97, Syracuse 91
Minnesota 74, Miami 67
Michigan 73, Virginia 53


 

 

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