ACC releases women's basketball schedule
North Carolina will host NCAA runner-up Notre Dame for the first time and Louisville will make its first Triangle appearance as a member of the ACC at Duke, according to the 2014-15 ACC women’s basketball schedule that was released by the league office Tuesday.
Each school will play a 16-game ACC schedule — two permanent partners home and away, six opponents only at home and six opponents only on the road.
UNC’s permanent partners are Duke and N.C. State, while Duke’s are UNC and Wake Forest.
Besides their rivalry games, the eight-game home slate for Duke also includes Clemson, Louisville, Miami, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils will travel to Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, N.C, State, Notre Dame and Virginia.
UNC will host Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Virginia and Wake Forest. The Tar Heels will travel to Clemson, Louisville, Miami, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Virginia Tech.
The Tar Heels will play at Louisville for the first time – the previous three meetings have all been on neutral courts – and will play their first home game against Notre Dame after making their first trip to South Bend in 2013-14. UNC will also travel to Syracuse for just the second time in its history.
Louisville is playing just one home game against both UNC and N.C. State, so the Cardinals’ only trip to the area will be at Duke.
The Blue Devils will return two starters — three-time ACC Defensive player of the year Elizabeth Williams and all-ACC guard Alexis Jones — from a team that finished 28-7 (12-4 in the ACC). The Blue Devils will also welcome the nation’s No. 2-ranked recruited class and redshirt freshman Rebecca Greenwell, a former McDonald’s All-America, who redshirted last season following knee surgery.
UNC is expected to lose just one player — ACC freshman of the year Diamond DeShields, who is transferring — from a team that went 27-10 and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchell has also resumed a full schedule after completing chemotherapy treatments that sidelined her in 2013-14.
Duke was ranked seventh and UNC was 10th in ESPN’s 25 teams to watch in 2014-15. Three other ACC schools were listed — Notre Dame No. 5, Louisville No. 16 and Syracuse No. 21.