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UConn Women's hoops, Florida State to meet in Hall of Fame Game in December. Press Release.

POSTED May 20, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- On Wednesday, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that it will hold the Hall of Fame Women's Holiday Showcase on Friday, Dec. 11 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Three-time defending national champion UConn will take on Florida State, which finished the 2014-15 season with an impressive record of 32-5 and a trip to the Elite Eight.

"We are very excited to be returning to Mohegan Sun Arena for the second annual Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Holiday Showcase," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "It's truly a top-notch facility that we know both the players and fans will enjoy. We look forward to a great game between two of the top women's programs in the nation."

These two elite programs last met in December of 2010, with the Huskies claiming the 93-62 win. The victory was the 89th consecutive win for Connecticut surpassing the record for consecutive wins previously held by John Wooden's UCLA Bruins.

Last season, the top-seeded Huskies topped No. 2 Notre Dame, 63-53, on April 7 to secure the 2015 national crown. UConn finished off its historic season with 37-straight wins, claiming both the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles en route to the national championship.

Three Huskies, Moriah (Glenn Heights, Texas), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis(Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Breanna Stewart(Syracuse, N.Y.) earned All-America honors from both the USWBA and the WBCA. Additionally, Stewart was selected as the Associated Press and USWBA National Player of the Year and won both the Wade and Naismith Trophies.

"Florida State is very excited for the opportunity to play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Holiday Showcase at the Mohegan Sun," said Sue Semrau, FSU's Head Coach and the 2015 Associated Press, WBCA and ESPNW National Coach of the Year. "We look forward to the challenge that Connecticut always brings, knowing that this will be a high-profile matchup for fans to see."

"It's an honor to play in an event sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame for the third-straight year," UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said. "Florida State has a lot of talented players returning from a team that advanced to the Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Tournament and I'm already looking forward to this early-season test. Playing games in Mohegan Sun Arena is always a positive experience and I hope a lot of our fans in southeast Connecticut take advantage of this opportunity."

Game time, television details and ticket information, including an exclusive pre-sale opportunity for the University of Connecticut, will be released at later date.

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