UConn and Texas to Play in 2016 Jimmy V Women’s Classic

The University of Connecticut and the University of Texas will play in the 2016 Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona and hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday, Dec. 4. The annual event, in its 15th year, will be televised from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.


Although both teams have competed against each other in the regular and post season, this will be the first time that UConn and Texas face off in the Jimmy V Women’s Classic. This is the second time Texas will appear in the annual event, while UConn will be playing for the sixth consecutive year and eighth time overall.



  • UConn is 7-0 all-time against Texas, including four wins in the NCAA Women’s Championship
  • Texas has appeared in this event once prior to 2016, defeating NC State in 2003
  • UConn’s record in Jimmy V Women’s Classic is 6-2 with the Huskies winning five straight and falling twice to North Carolina in 2004 and 2005
  • UConn has won 11 NCAA Women’s National Championships (1995, 2000, ’02, ’03, ’04, ’09, ’10, ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16), while Texas captured the title in 1986
  • The Huskies are ranked No. 4 and the Longhorns are No. 6 in the com way-too-early preseason top 25 poll


The early-season event is part of ESPN’s Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research, which is held yearly in early December, across all domestic ESPN platforms to drive awareness of and donations to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. In 2015, Jimmy V Week raised a record $3.2 million, bringing the nine-year total of contributions to more than $13.7 million. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be a first-time host of the 2016 Jimmy V Women’s Classic.


ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates the Jimmy V Men’s and Women’s Classics. The men’s event will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from NYC’s famed Madison Square Garden and feature Arizona State, Duke, Florida and Purdue.


Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. and prices range from $15-$115. Tickets to the women’s event are available for purchase at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office and Ticketmaster Outlets by phone at (866) 858-0008 and online at


Quotes on Jimmy V Women’s Classic

“In continuing to feature the very best in women’s college basketball, we are honored to stage this year’s event with the Hall of Fame. The Jimmy V brand reminds us of the positive legacy of his cause and we look forward to a great game.” – Clint Overby, ESPN senior director, ESPN Events


“The V Foundation for Cancer Research has done remarkable work over the years and we are so proud to be a part of this cause. Jim Valvano embodied the spirit of giving and the game — we are honored to host this event in his name.” – John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame


“Being a part of the Jimmy V Classic is always very special and enjoyable. For several years now, this game has become part of the ESPN college basketball landscape and to be associated with it says something about your program and how it’s viewed nationally. More importantly, being a part of the Jimmy V Classic gives us the opportunity to teach this year’s group of players a little about Jimmy, what he stood for and how important the cause of curing cancer is. Playing in this game never gets old.

– Geno Auriemma, UConn head women’s basketball coach


“We are excited to be participating in the Jimmy V Classic. I have great respect for the passion Jim Valvano displayed every day for both basketball and cancer research, and the way he fought cancer was inspiring to us all. We are looking forward to the opportunity to play UConn again next season, and participating in the Jimmy V Classic will be a great experience for our team.” – Karen Aston, Texas head women’s basketball coach


Previous Jimmy V Women’s Classic Results

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015Storrs, Conn.UConn 91, Notre Dame 81
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014South Bend, Ind.UConn 76, Notre Dame 58
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013Durham, N.C.UConn 83, Duke, 61
Monday, Dec. 3, 2012Hartford, Conn.UConn 63, Maryland 48
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011Hartford, Conn.UConn 81, Texas A&M 51
Monday, Dec. 6, 2010Durham, N.C.Duke 61, Texas A&M 58
Monday, Dec. 7, 2009Piscataway, N.J.Rutgers 51, Florida 38
Monday, Dec. 8, 2008Piscataway, N.J.Rutgers 45, Georgia 34
Monday, Dec. 3, 2007Piscataway, N.J.Rutgers 68, Maryland 60
Monday, Dec. 4, 2006Piscataway, N.J.Duke 85, Rutgers 45
Monday, Dec. 5, 2005Hartford, Conn.North Carolina 77, UConn 54
Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004Raleigh, N.C.North Carolina 71, UConn 65

Tennessee 64, NC State 54

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003Raleigh, N.C.Texas 69, NC State 56

Duke 93, Purdue 63

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002Raleigh, N.C.Tennessee 55, Duke 76

UConn 78, NC State 50