National Powerhouses to Play in 2014 Jimmy V Women’s Classic
Both teams head into NCAA Women’s Final Four with Undefeated Records
ESPN, in conjunction with The V Foundation for Cancer Research, announces the University of Connecticut and University of Notre Dame will be the 2014 participants in the Jimmy V Women’s Classic, to be held Saturday, Dec. 6. The13th annual game will be played at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., and televised on ESPN or ESPN2.
UConn-ND series highlights:
The 2013-14 season marks the first time in almost 20 years that Connecticut and Notre Dame did not face off during the regular season.
The series – that dates back to the 1995-96 season when the Fighting Irish joined the latter BIG EAST – became one of the most talked about in recent years.
The Huskies and Fighting Irish have faced off four times in each of the last three years when combining regular-season games with postseason contests, and on average played 2.3 times annually during the 18-year series.
The two teams have met four times in the NCAA Women’s National Semifinals with Notre Dame holding a 3-1 edge in victories.
Connecticut leads the all-time series 30-11.
To date, Connecticut has won eight NCAA Women’s National Championships (1995, 2000, ’02, ’03, ’04, ’09, ’10, ’13) and Notre Dame captured the 2001 national title.
The 2014 Jimmy V Women’s Classic marks the first time the Fighting Irish will be participating, while Connecticut will be playing in the annual event for the fourth straight year and seventh time overall.
The 20th edition of the Jimmy V Men’s Classic will showcase Villanova vs. Maryland and Indiana vs. Louisville on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The early-season event is part of the eighth annual Jimmy V Week, a weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research. In seven years, Jimmy V Week has generated $8,246,000 in total contributions for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a record-setting number of $1,827,000 in 2014.
Previous Jimmy V Women’s Classic Results
About The V Foundation
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has funded more than $115 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.