UConn women schedule home-and-home with Texas, Maryland

The UConn women’s basketball team has added two more non-conference games to its 2020-21 schedule, agreeing to game with both Texas and Maryland recently.

It was confirmed on Thursday that UConn will play Texas and Maryland at home in the 2020-21 season, then play both on the road in 2021-22.

The Huskies are 7-0 against the Terrapins all time. The last time they met was Nov. 19, 2017, with UConn winning 97-72. UConn has also gotten the best of Texas, leading the series 8-0. Their last meeting was Jan. 15, 2018, and the Huskies walked away with a 75-71 victory.

After UConn’s loss to Louisville last week, coach Geno Auriemma said he schedules hard non-conference games because they challenge his team.

“I do it because I’m trying to increase the chance we lose. Because we win too much, and it doesn’t help us to win that much and it doesn’t help us get better," Auriemma said. "It used to be that kids were so competitive and they were so driven to win that you didn’t have to worry about that stuff. In today’s world kids aren’t motivated by much, so you’re trying to put them in situations where they have to struggle to win. So our schedule’s even harder next year.

“So yeah, I want them to grow; I want them to get better. I want them to see what it’s like to have the things that you want to try and the thing that always work not work, and you have to figure out a different way to do it. I don’t think we should shy away from that just because we want to protect our record. I mean, we’ve been doing this for as long as I’ve been coaching. How many places can I take my team where there’s a good chance we’re going to lose? Because then if we beat that team that’s a hell of a win. That’s the way we’ve always operated so I’m probably the least surprised person when we lose these games.”

UConn already has plans to play Baylor and Virginia in 2020-21, Oregon in 2021-22 and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock both seasons.

Kelli Stacy can be reached at kstacy@courant.com.

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