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ACC retains the Challenge trophy
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – For the second consecutive year and third time in Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge history, the two storied conferences played to a tie in the 2015 Challenge. The ACC and the Big Ten each won seven Challenge games over Dec. 2 and Dec. 3.
After being down 5-2 following the first day of competition, the ACC rallied to win five games to tie the Challenge, 7-7, and retain the trophy.
The ACC moves to 6-0-3 all-time in the Challenge with a 62-46 record against the Big Ten in Challenge games. The two other ties in Challenge history occurred in 2014 (7-7) and 2011 (6-6).
The Big Ten/ACC 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 Challenge Men’s Basketball Challenge.
The ACC and Big Ten conference offices determine the schedule each season, and matchups may repeat from year-to-year in efforts to coordinate similar opponents and reach competitive equity. In addition, the official title of the Challenge will rotate each year. The 2015 event was referred to as the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Women’s Basketball Challenge and will continue to mirror the official title of the two conferences’ Challenge agreement for men’s basketball.
2015 Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge Results (ACC 7, Big Ten 7)
Thursday, Dec. 3 (ACC 5, Big Ten 2)
Boston College 58, at RV/RV Purdue 56
at No. 14/13 Duke 84, Minnesota 64
at No. 13/14 Florida State 65, Rutgers 43
Louisville 85, at No. 19/20 Michigan State 78
at RV/RV Nebraska 88, RV/RV NC State 67
at Michigan 82, Pittsburgh 45
Virginia Tech 64, at Penn State 59
Wednesday, Dec. 2 (Big Ten 5, ACC 2)
No. 15/16 Northwestern 85, at North Carolina 72
at Indiana 69, Georgia Tech 60
at RV/RV Miami 73, Illinois 64
at No. 3/3 Notre Dame 75, No. 10/12 Ohio State 72
RV/24 Iowa 85, at Virginia 73
Wisconsin 64, at -/RV Wake Forest 51
at No. 5/5 Maryland 82, No. 20/25 Syracuse 64