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June 25, 2013

Lady Lions announce non-conference slate

Coquese Washington's goal of putting Penn State Lady Lions basketball in the thick of the upper echelon of D1 women's hoops has taken another major step forward in the announcement of the team's 2013-14 non-conference schedule Tuesday afternoon.

Coming off back-to-back Big Ten Championships, the Lady Lions will welcome National Champions, Connecticut, along with Notre Dame and Texas A&M.

Or, as ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll in the 2012-13 final tally, No. 1, No. 2, and No. 14, respectively.

According to a press release by Penn State's Sports information Department, in total, Penn State's "10 announced opponents have combined for 86 NCAA Tournament appearances, 20 Final Four berths and 10 National Championships. Penn State also holds a .750 winning percentage (33-11) against teams on the schedule.

"Our non-conference schedule was created with our fans in mind," Washington said via press release. "The schedule is going to be a real treat for them, they will get to see some of the best teams in the game right here in the BJC. It's just a wonderful opportunity if you are fan of Lady Lion basketball."

With a relatively benign early-season lineup of St. Francis (Pa.) and Fordham, UConn will make the trip to Happy Valley for a matchup on Sunday, Nov. 17, one day after Penn State football's home matchup against Purdue.

The huge matchup for the Lady Lions will follow with games against Bucknell and a trip to the Bahama's for an appearance in the Junkanoo Jam the weekend of Nov. 29-30 against to be determined opponents.

Following the Bahama trip, the Lady Lions will face Notre Dame, Washington's previous coaching stop and alma mater, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at the BJC on Dec. 4. Next up, a trip to Georgetown on Dec. 8, and out to South Dakota State on Dec. 11. Finally, the Lady Lions close out their non-conference schedule at home against 2011 NCAA Champs Texas A&M on Dec. 15, Alcorn State on Dec. 22 and Hartford on Dec. 29.

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