UConn women’s basketball will begin a two-game series with the North Carolina Tar Heels next season, according to UNC head coach Courtney Banhart at the Tar Heel Show. Both teams will play at the Mohegan Sun next season before the Huskies return to North Carolina in 2024-25. The location of the second game is still up in the air, however.
“[UConn] called us to play them and they said, ‘We’d like to do a neutral game’, and I said, ‘In. We’ll sign him today. We can’t wait. Where is the game?’ And they said it was at the Mohegan Sun. I said, ‘Woah, woah, woah – I don’t know if the guys know this but I’m from up there (Manchester, New Hampshire). Is it 15 minutes or 20 minutes from campus? how far is it They said it was close but it was not on their campus,” Banghart explained. “I said, ‘It’s a house and a home. So we’re excited to play it. Then we will make it a “neutral site game”. We will do it in Greensboro. Or we can play at home and at home.
“We’ll be doing a ‘neutral site’ at Mohegan Sun next year and next year they’ll come to Greensboro – hopefully,” she added. “They will come somewhere. We will be promoting Greensboro as our “neutral site” game to play in a home and home environment. »
Although Mohegan Sun is technically a neutral site, it is located just 45 minutes from Storrs and is still in the heart of UConn territory, making it a de facto home game for the Huskies. If Game 2 ends in Greensboro, it’s only a 55-minute drive to Chapel Hill, which would give the Tar Heels their own de facto home game.
Under Banghart, UNC has been a booming program. Last season, the Tar Heels made a run to the Sweet Sixteen, only to fall to eventual national champion South Carolina. On the recruiting track, North Carolina beat UConn for Ciera Toomey, the No. 3 player for the Class of 2023, and also added two more top-10 rookies as well as five more top-30 rookies since Banghart took over.
All-time, UConn holds a 7-5 mark over the Tar Heels. The two teams played every year between 2004 and 2012 but have not met since. The Huskies are on a five-game winning streak in the series, though that came after three straight wins over UNC. The Tar Heels hold the ultimate trump card, having beaten UConn in the 1994 Elite Eight, 81-69.
In addition to North Carolina, the Huskies’ 2023-24 non-conference schedule will feature Notre Dame and Maryland at home, and NC State, South Carolina and Texas on the road.