RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada head women’s basketball coach Jane Albright announced the schedule for the 2013 Nugget Classic hosted by Nevada, November 29-30 at Lawlor Events Center, featuring Cal, Wake Forest, and Idaho.
“I am extremely excited about this year’s Nugget Classic and would like to thank John Ascuaga’s Nugget for their continued support of this event,” Albright said. “We are bringing in some quality teams from the Pac-12, ACC, and WAC that will prepare our team for our second season in the Mountain West.”
Cal joins the field of participants following a 32 win 2012-13 season. The Bears finished the 2012-13 year as the Pac-12 regular season champion, before making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament where the team fell to Louisville 64-57 in the Final Four. Cal leads the overall series with Nevada 5-0. The two teams last met on a neutral court during the 2009-10 season, where the Bears defeated the Pack 85-60.
Wake Forest ended its 2012-13 season 13-19, falling to No. 10 Maryland 92-81 in overtime of the ACC Tournament quarterfinal game. The Demon Deacons season was highlighted by an 80-72 road win at No.18/22 Florida State. Wake Forest and Nevada have met once, facing each other last season where the Deacons knocked off the Wolf Pack 77-54 in Winston-Salem.
Former WAC mate Idaho returns to Reno following a conference championship, the team’s first since 1985. The Vandals were matched up with eventual national champion Connecticut on UConn’s home floor in the first round of the NCAA tournament, where they lost 105-37. Idaho leads the overall series with Nevada 18-16. In the last meeting, the Vandals defeated the Pack 87-86 in an overtime game during the 2011-12 season at Lawlor Events Center.
Nevada will face Idaho in the Nugget Classic opener on Friday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m., followed by a matchup between Cal and Wake Forrest at 7:30 p.m. The consolation and championship games will take place Saturday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m., and 8 p.m., respectively.
For ticket information visit NevadaWolfPack.com or call 775-348-PACK (7225).