by Mike Potter
In what has the potential to be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle, the Blue Devils will host the Huskies on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in a game to be shown on ESPN.
The Purdue game is on Dec. 5. The Blue Devils will host several other big-name opponents in Alabama, Vanderbilt and Old Dominion.
“We are really, really excited for our 2013 non-conference schedule,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie, whose team went 33-3 and made the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth straight season in 2013, said in a release from the school. “Without a doubt this is the most difficult schedule that we’ve faced in the six years I’ve been at Duke — relative to the start, middle and finish. …
“It’s a great time to be a part of women’s basketball at Duke. It’s a special time with the expansion of the conference. We are looking forward to trying to take full advantage of those great competitors in every game we play.”
Duke will open on the road at California on Nov. 10 in what is being billed as a “homecoming” game for senior Chelsea Gray. Fellow senior Richa Jackson will also get a homecoming contest when the Blue Devils visit Oklahoma on Dec. 8.
The Blue Devils will also visit Kentucky, Marquette and play in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Duke will host Glenville (W.Va.) State in its exhibition opener on Oct. 30 and USC-Upstate in its home regular-season opener on Nov. 10.
Oct. 30 Glenville State (exh.)
Nov. 3 Coker (exh.)
Nov. 10 at California
Nov. 14 USC-Upstate
Nov. 17 Alabama
Nov. 21 Vanderbilt
Nov. 24 at Marquette
Nov. 28-30 at Paradise Jam (Xavier, Central Michigan, Kansas)
Dec. 5 Purdue
Dec. 8 at Oklahoma
Dec. 17 Connecticut, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 19 Albany
Dec. 22 at Kentucky
Jan. 2 Old Dominion