Northwestern women’s basketball will host Virginia on December 1st as part of the 2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the conferences announced today.
The 2016 challenge will be the tenth annual, with the challenge set to repeat yearly through 2020 thanks to a recent contract extension. The Big Ten has never won the challenge, with an 0-6-3 overall record which includes two consecutive 7-7 ties.
Northwestern is 4-5 all time in the challenge, and defeated North Carolina on the road last season.
Virginia is 5-4 all time in the competition, and was defeated by Iowa last season.
Northwestern returns the majority of last year’s team, including leading scorer Nia Coffey, point guard Ashley Deary, and star wing Christen Inman. Last season, the Wildcats made it to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament, and qualified for the WNIT.
Last season, Virginia finished 18-16, with a 6-10 record in the ACC. The Cavaliers qualified for the WNIT, and defeated VCU and Rutgers before falling to Hofstra in the Round of 16. Virginia’s leading scorer from last year, Mikayla Venson, announced she would transfer from the program last March.
Northwestern and Virginia have met twice before, with each team winning once. The last time the two teams played was in 2004, with Virginia winning 76-55.