National Powerhouses Connecticut & Notre Dame to Participate in 2014 Jimmy V Women’s Classic

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National Powerhouses Connecticut & Notre Dame to Participate in 2014 Jimmy V Women’s Classic

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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

Date Venue Matchup
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 Durham, N.C. Connecticut 83, Duke, 61
Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 Hartford, Conn. Connecticut 63, Maryland 48
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 Hartford, Conn. Connecticut, 81, Texas A&M 51
Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 Durham, N.C. Duke 61, Texas A&M 58
Monday, Dec.7, 2009 Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers 51, Florida 38
Monday, Dec. 8, 2008 Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers 45, Georgia 34
Monday, Dec. 3, 2007 Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers 68, Maryland 60
Monday, Dec. 4, 2006 Piscataway, N.J. Duke 85, Rutgers 45
Monday, Dec. 2005 Hartford, Conn. North Carolina 77, Connecticut 54
Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004 Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina 71, Connecticut 65
Tennessee 64, NC State 54
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003 Raleigh, N.C. Texas 69, NC State 56
Duke 93, Purdue 63
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002 Raleigh, N.C. Tennessee 55, Duke 76
Connecticut 78, NC State 50

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.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes two Labor Day weekend college football games; 11 college bowl games and eight college basketball events, which accounts for approximately 200 hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over a half a million attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
AdvoCare Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada);  St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida) and The Home Depot College Football Awards (Orlando, Fla.)

Collegiate Basketball
Armed Forces Classic (US Air Station Borinquen, PR); Charleston Classic Presented by Gildan (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.); Jimmy V Men’s & Women’s Basketball Classics (New York City & South Bend, Ind.); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, PR) and State Farm Champions Classic (Indianapolis)

For more information, visit www.espnevents.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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Rachel Margolis Siegal

As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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