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Women's Basketball To Host Northwestern In ACC-Big Ten Challenge




May 22, 2012

Chestnut Hill, MA -

The Boston College women's basketball team will stay home for the 2012 ACC-Big Ten Basketball Challenge this season. The Eagles will host Northwestern on Wednesday, November 28 at Conte Forum. The announcement was made by both the ACC and the Big Ten this afternoon. The two conferences also announced an extension on the ACC-Big Ten Challenge until 2016.

This is the sixth year of what was originally a four-year agreement. The 2012 Challenge will feature a two-day format again this year and is slated to open on Wednesday, Nov. 28, as North Carolina, Florida State, Boston College, and Virginia Tech host Big Ten foes, and Duke, Maryland, Georgia Tech, and Clemson travel to perform in front of nonconference crowds. Miami, NC State, Virginia, and Wake Forest are in action on Thursday, Nov. 29, the second day of the Challenge.

The ACC/Big Ten Women's Basketball Challenge matches teams from each conference in head-to-head competition, traditionally on the first Wednesday and Thursday after Thanksgiving following the Big Ten/ACC Men's Basketball Challenge.

The ACC won the first four Challenge titles, while in 2011 the two conferences each won six games for the first tie in Challenge history. The first Challenge in 2007 saw the ACC collect its all-time high of eight victories.

This will be the fifth consecutive season Boston College has competed in the challenge. The Eagles are 2-2 in the series. The Eagles defeated Iowa (72-67, 2009) and Penn State (113-104, 2010), while losing to Wisconsin last season 58-50 at home. In the first ACC-Big Ten Challenge for Boston College, the Eagles lost to Minnesota, 80-60, on Dec. 3, 2008 at the Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

The 2012 ACC-Big Ten Challenge game will mark the fifth meeting between BC and Northwestern. The two teams have split the series, 2-2, with Boston College earning the last two wins in 2007 and 1999. The teams first met in Dec. of 1993 when BC lost at home, 86-59. The following year, Boston College lost to the Wildcats 71-54, on the road. The ACC is currently 28-16 in the overall challenge series.

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