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Jun 28, 2023

Women’s Basketball to Face Auburn in Inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge

Clemson, S.C. – Clemson women’s basketball will head to Auburn, Ala., to face the Auburn Tigers in the Inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge, it was announced today by ESPN and the league offices. The two sets of Tigers are set to square off on November 30 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. The matchup will be a rematch of the 2023 WNIT second round, where Clemson prevailed 56-55.

Clemson and Auburn are tied 4-4 in the all-time series, with the Clemson Tigers snapping a four-game Auburn Tiger winning streak in the series in the WNIT earlier this year. The two teams have only met twice in this century, Dec. 27, 2002, with Auburn pulling out a 60-58 win, and Mar. 20, 2023, with Clemson earning the 56-55 victory.

Clemson returns All-ACC starters Amari Robinson and Ruby Whitehorn to this year’s roster and key contributors Eno Inyang, Madi Ott, and MaKayla Elmore. The Tigers also signed all-conference transfers Dayshanette Harris (Pitt) and Mackenzie Kramer (Lehigh), as well as picking up Amani Freeman (Miami (OH)), Maddi Cluse (Miami (OH)),  and junior college All-Americans Nya Valentine and Danna Grenald. In one of the biggest off-season stories, the Tigers also added former Michigan starting point guard Danielle Rauch, who, after one year as a graduate manager, decided to take her last year of eligibility and return to the court.

Auburn finished last season 16-15, including a WNIT second-round appearance in Littlejohn Coliseum.

The introduction of the ACC/SEC Challenge marks the end of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and the end of the SEC/Big Ten Challenge that began in 2013. The ACC/SEC Challenge will feature 28 games across men’s and women’s basketball until 2025-26, when Texas and Oklahoma join the SEC and the event expands to 30 games.

Both men’s and women’s Challenge events will feature games across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ACC Network and SEC Network.

2023 ACC/SEC Women’s Challenge

Wednesday, Nov. 29
Florida at Georgia Tech, 5 p.m.
Notre Dame at Tennessee, 5 p.m.
Vanderbilt at NC State, 7:15 p.m.
Miami at Mississippi State, 7:15 p.m.
Louisville at Ole Miss, 9:15 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 30
Missouri at Virginia, 5 p.m.
Duke at Georgia, 5 p.m.
Alabama at Syracuse, 7 p.m.
South Carolina at North Carolina, 7 p.m.
Arkansas at Florida State, 7 p.m.
Boston College at Kentucky, 7 p.m.
Texas A&M at Wake Forest, 9 p.m.
Clemson at Auburn, 9 p.m.
Virginia Tech at LSU, 9 p.m.