Gophers women’s basketball faces difficult non-conference schedule

Jace Frederick

Gophers women's basketball head coach Pam Borton will have a good idea of her squad heading into the Big Ten season. 

That's because the Gophers face multiple tests in the non-conference portion of the season. 

The schedule features matchups with five 2013 NCAA tournament teams: UCLA, Navy, Creighton, Kansas and Miami.

"We are looking forward to a challenging non-conference and Big Ten schedule this year,” Borton said in a release. “We scheduled quality BCS opponents again early in the season, because to be the best you have to play the best competition. Kansas, Auburn, UCLA, and Miami are just a few teams that we will host at Williams Arena.  The Barn is one of the most exciting venues to play in the nation and our fans will really enjoy the quality of our competition this year."

As the Big Ten released its entire conference schedule earlier Tuesday, the Gophers' full 2013-14 slate in now in place. It looks as follows:

Oct. 29 – Winona State (Exhibition) – Williams Arena
 
Nov. 2 – Minnesota State Moorhead (Exhibition) – Williams Arena
 
Nov. 9 – at Northern Iowa – Cedar Falls, Iowa
 
Nov. 13 – UNC Charlotte – Williams Arena
 
Nov. 17 – at Creighton – Omaha, Neb.
 
Nov. 20 – Kansas – Williams Arena
 
Nov. 24 – Navy – Williams Arena
 
Nov. 26 – Loyola Chicago – Williams Arena
 
Nov. 29-Dec. 1 – at Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown
 
(Hawaii, Chattanooga, Colorado State)
 
Dec. 5 – Miami – Williams Arena
 
Dec. 8 – North Dakota – Williams Arena
 
Dec. 20-22 – Subway Classic
 
Dec. 20 – UCLA – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – Williams Arena
 
Dec. 21 – UCLA vs. Auburn – 2:00 p.m.  – Williams Arena
 
Dec. 22 – Auburn – 2:00 p.m. – Williams Arena
 
Dec. 29 – Oakland – Williams Arena
 
Jan. 4 – Michigan State* – Williams Arena
 
Jan. 8 – at Iowa* – Iowa City, Iowa
 
Jan. 12 – Northwestern*  – Williams Arena
 
Jan. 16 – at Nebraska* – Lincoln, Neb.
 
Jan. 19 – at Indiana* – Bloomington, Ind.
 
Jan. 23 – Wisconsin* – Williams Arena
 
Jan. 26 – at Penn State* – University Park, Pa.
 
Jan. 29 – Iowa* – Williams Arena
 
Feb. 1 – at Michigan* – Ann Arbor, Mich.
 
Feb. 9 – Illinois*– Williams Arena
 
Feb. 12 – at Wisconsin* – Madison, Wis.
 
Feb. 15 – at Northwestern* – Evanston, Ill.
 
Feb. 20 – Purdue* – Williams Arena
 
Feb. 24 – at Michigan State* – East Lansing, Mich.
 
Feb. 27 – Indiana* – Williams Arena
 
March 2 – Ohio State* – Williams Arena