Two recent NCAA women’s basketball champions will play the Dayton Flyers at UD Arena in the 2019-20 season.
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Dayton coach Shauna Green said Tuesday her team will host South Carolina, which won its first national title in 2017, on Nov. 13. Then on Nov. 26, Dayton will host national powerhouse Connecticut, which won its fourth straight title in 2016.
“I don’t know if that will ever happen again, getting two teams like that,” Green said.
Dayton played at Connecticut on Nov. 22, 2016, in Green’s first season and lost 98-65. The Flyers played at South Carolina last season and lost 65-55.
South Carolina and Connecticut are coached by members of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Dawn Staley, a collegiate star at Virginia and one of the greatest players in WNBA history, has coached the Gamecocks since 2008. Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma has led his program to 11 national titles.
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Dayton’s full non-conference schedule hasn’t been released, but the Flyers have announced they will play at the Gulf Coast Showcase. It will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Hertz Arena in Estero, Fla.. Possible opponents include: Arizona State, Auburn, Drake, Gonzaga, Maine, Middle Tennessee State and Purdue.
Dayton will play Lipscomb in its home opener Nov. 5, Green said, and an exhibition game Nov. 1 will provide UD fans with their first look at UD Arena after the third and final phase of the three-year, $72 million renovation project.