Little Rock (LR) women’s basketball secured two future non-conference games against the University of Connecticut (UCONN) in a deal announced earlier this month. Little Rock will play the Huskies in Connecticut next season and host UCONN at the Jack Stephens Center during the 2020-21 campaign.
Led by longtime head coach Geno Auriemma, UCONN cemented its place in women’s basketball history by claiming an NCAA-record eleven national titles in the last 25 seasons, including four consecutive championships from 2013-16. Since 2008, Auriemma’s teams have pieced together streaks of 111 and 90 consecutive victories, and the Huskies breezed through 36 wins last season before suffering a buzzer-beating upset against Notre Dame in the Final Four.
The Trojans’ two-game deal with a national power is significant, but not unprecedented. Little Rock hosted 2018 national runner-up Mississippi State and regional No. 4 seed Texas A&M this season after road games in 2018. The Trojans also hosted both teams in 2016. Similar scheduling arrangements are in place between the Trojans – which have made five NCAA Tournament appearances in the last nine seasons – and LSU, Oklahoma and Kansas State.