PHILADELPHIA - For the first time in school history, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team will welcome Duke to The Palestra. Head Coach Mike McLaughlin announced a home-and-home series with the Blue Devils on Monday as the Quakers will hosta Nov. 13 matchup at the Cathedral of College Basketball, and make a visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium during the 2016-17 season.
"This is another exciting addition to our schedule," McLaughlinsaid. "The Palestra and Cameron Indoor Stadium are two of the most historic arenas in college basketball, and this is sure to be an incredible experience for the players, coaches and fans of both teams."
November's contest will be the second meeting between these two programs. Duke hosted the only other matchup on Jan. 14, 1984, and won 74-47.
The Quakers are just 1-11 all-time against the current ACC, but earned that lone victory in their most recent matchup at Miami. On New Years Day of 2014, Katy Allen sunk the go-ahead and game-winning basket with 5.6 seconds to stun the Hurricanes in Coral Gables (full recap//winning basket).
The Quakers have recently hosted home-and-home meetings with other ACC powers, Virginia and Notre Dame. Last year, the Red and Blue opened the season at SEC powerhouse No. 4 Tennessee.
Penn is coming off a school record third-straight postseason appearance, where they reached the second round of the WNIT and finished with the third-most wins in school history at 21-9. The Quakers will return three starters, the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, the Big 5 Coach of the Year and 10 letterwinners from that team.
Penn's 2015-16 schedule is not yet complete, but this matchup may also serve as the first in school history with 10-minute quarters as the NCAA announced the rule change earlier this month.
The team also recently announced atrip to Hawaiiover the New Years holiday which includes a pair of games.A full schedule will be released this summer.