May 5, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern will host Clemson in the third-annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Women's Basketball Challenge, the conference office announced today. The contest pits the two teams in a re-match from Clemson's 78-75 overtime victory in South Carolina last season. Game times for this year's event, as well as television and broadband coverage, will be announced at a later date.
The Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge matches 11 teams from each conference in head-to-head competition traditionally on the first Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after Thanksgiving, following the men's basketball Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Last year, the ACC won seven of the 11 Big Ten/ACC Challenge games, while the inaugural Challenge in 2007 saw the ACC collect eight victories.
The Big Ten and ACC offices determine the 11-game schedule each season, and matchups may repeat from year-to-year in efforts to coordinate similar opponents and reach competitive equity. Each of the Big Ten's 11 institutions will participate, while the ACC will select 11 teams from its 12-team membership.
In addition, the official title of the Challenge will rotate each year. The 2009 event will be referred to as the Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge and will continue to mirror the official title of the two conferences' challenge agreement for men's basketball.
The Big Ten and ACC have long been among the most dominant conferences on the women's basketball scene. This past season, the ACC was represented by six teams in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship, making it the seventh straight year the league has had at least six in the Big Dance. Maryland advanced to the NCAA Regional Finals, giving the ACC at least one team in the Elite Eight for the eighth consecutive year. In 2005-06, the ACC became the first conference to send three teams - Duke, Maryland and North Carolina - to the same Final Four. Overall, the ACC has made 11 Final Four trips, including six in the past 13 years.
2009 CHALLENGE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, December 2
Georgia Tech at Penn Sate
Illinois at Wake Forest
Boston College at Iowa
Thursday, December 3
Michigan at Virginia Tech
Clemson at Northwestern
Minnesota at Maryland
North Carolina at Michigan State
Ohio State at Duke
Purdue at Virginia
Florida State at Indiana
Wisconsin at N.C. State
FUTURE CHALLENGE NAMES & DATES
2010: ACC/Big Ten Challenge - Dec. 1, 2, 3
For more information, please visit www.bigten.org.