University of Louisville women's basketball has released its 2018-19 non-conference schedule, which is highlighted by home games against Nebraska, Kentucky and Connecticut.
Overall, the Cardinals will face nine opponents that reached postseason play a season ago, seven that won 20-plus games and six that played in the NCAA Tournament.
“Our non-conference schedule is extremely challenging and we are excited about that,” said head coach Jeff Walz. “Our goal is to play the best to help prepare us for conference play and our schedule does that.”
Louisville opens the season at Western Kentucky on Tuesday, Nov. 6, which marks the first of five road games to begin the season. It marks the second time in three years that the Cardinals open the season on the road as they began the 2016-17 campaign at UT Martin.
They will then play at UT Chattanooga on Nov. 9 and Boise State on Nov. 19, before traveling to Las Vegas on Nov. 23-24 to play Arizona State and Hartford in the South Point Shootout.
The Cardinals return home to host Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 26 for the first of six straight at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville will then host Nebraska on Nov. 26 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Tennessee State on Dec. 2, UT Martin onDec. 4, Kentucky on Dec. 9 and Northern Kentucky on Dec. 15.
In their final tune-up prior to Atlantic Coast Conference play, Louisville hits the road to play at Central Michigan on Dec. 20.
On Jan. 31, Louisville takes a break from ACC play to host 11-time national champion Connecticut. Louisville last hosted its former conference rival in 2014.
The Cardinals produced a program-best 36-3 record in 2017-18 as they reached their third Final Four. Louisville opened last season with a 20-0 record, which marked the best start and longest winning streak in program history, and reached as high as No. 2 in the Associated Press poll.