Women's Basketball
Illini to Host Virginia in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

June 4, 2014

The Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conferences announced the matchups for the eighth-annual ACC/Big Ten Women's Basketball Challenge on Wednesday, and Illinois will host Virginia on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Time and television information will be released at a later date.

The meeting will be the teams' second in the challenge and fifth all-time. Virginia leads the all-time series 4-0 with wins in the 2008 Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the 2003 NCAA tournament first round, the 1986 Stanford Tournament and 1984 Women's Court Classic in Miami, Florida.

The Illini will attempt to rebound from a 9-21 campaign in 2013-14, including a 2-14 Big Ten record, but look to be improved with the addition of McDonald's All-American Chatrice White and WBCA honorable mention All-American Amarah Coleman. They will be joined by former All-Big 12 Freshman Team honoree Kyley Simmons, who sat out 2013-14 after transferring from Missouri.

Illinois is 3-4 all-time in the challenge after losing at Georgia Tech in 2013. But that mark includes consecutive victories: a 95-82 win over Wake Forest in 2012 and a 61-50 triumph at Clemson in 2011. The ACC holds a 48-32 all-time lead in the challenge and has won the challenge sixth of the last seven years, while the 2011 challenge ended in a 6-6 tie.

2014 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule
Wednesday, December 3
Maryland at Notre Dame (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Indiana at Boston College
Minnesota at NC State
Florida State at Purdue
Duke at Nebraska
Wake Forest at Michigan
Virginia at Illinois
Pittsburgh at Ohio State

Thursday, December 4
Iowa at Louisville
Penn State at Syracuse
Northwestern at Virginia Tech
Wisconsin at Miami
North Carolina at Rutgers
Georgia Tech at Michigan State

All-Time Big Ten/ACC Challenge Records
ACC (48-32)
Boston College: 2-4
Clemson: 2-4
Duke: 6-1
Florida State: 5-2
Georgia Tech: 6-1
Miami: 2-3
North Carolina: 5-2
Notre Dame: 1-0
NC State: 3-4
Pittsburgh: 0-0
Syracuse: 0-1
Virginia: 5-2
Virginia Tech: 2-5
Wake Forest: 2-3

Big Ten (32-48)
Illinois: 3-4
Indiana: 4-3
Iowa: 2-5
Maryland: 7-0
Michigan: 5-2
Michigan State: 4-3
Minnesota: 3-4
Nebraska: 0-3
Northwestern: 2-5
Ohio State: 2-5
Penn State: 2-5
Purdue: 1-6
Rutgers: 0-0
Wisconsin: 4-3

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