STORRS - Seniors Gabby Williams and Kia Nurse have helped the UConn womenâ€™s basketball team to a 112-2 record in their three seasons here.
Whether theyâ€™ll get a shot at Mississippi State, which ended UConnâ€™s NCAA record 111-game winning streak last March 31, will not be known until the NCAA Tournament. But they now know theyâ€™ll get a chance to avenge their first loss as Huskies.
UConn will play Stanford in its season opener on Nov. 12 in the Countdown to Columbus event to be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Huskies were originally scheduled to take on Ohio State in the one-day showcase at the site of the 2018 Final Four, but the Buckeyes will now face Louisville. Times and television information are still to be determined.
The Huskies lead the overall series with the Cardinal 10-7, including 4-2 in NCAA Tournament play. But in the last meeting at Maples Pavilion on Nov. 17, 2014, Stanford got a 3-pointer from Amber Orrange to force overtime and pulled out an 88-86 victory to snap UConnâ€™s 47-game winning streak.
Nurse had nine points in what was her second career game. She fouled out. It was also the last time sheâ€™s come off the bench, as she has started the last 107 games she has played. Williams did not play - coachâ€™s decision. The All-American has played in 112 consecutive games since.
Five days later, the Huskies defeated Creighton and did not lose again until falling to Mississippi State in overtime in Dallas.
Stanford also snapped UConnâ€™s 90-game winning streak on Dec. 30, 2010, in Palo Alto. The Cardinal are coached by Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Tara VanDerveer.
UConnâ€™s complete 29-game regular season schedule, including times and dates, will be released in September.