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WBB Playing in 2021 Cancun Challenge - northcoastRocket - 05-18-2021 08:25 PM

Looks like the Rockets are going to try again to get some games in in Mexico according to the latest Rocket Weekly newsletter. Nov 25-27. The Challenge website doesn't list the teams or match-ups, but according to the newsletter this year's field is:

Toledo
Fordham
Seton Hall
Idaho State
Houston
Arizona State
Iowa
Baylor

Really strong field. Games will be tough tests no matter who UT plays. Should be interesting ... assuming no covid cancellations this year.


RE: WBB Playing in 2021 Cancun Challenge - eastisbest - 05-18-2021 08:29 PM

A nice way to start the season. Fixed schedule? Play-off format?


RE: WBB Playing in 2021 Cancun Challenge - northcoastRocket - 05-18-2021 08:39 PM

UT played there before and got 2 pre-scheduled games, as I recall.


RE: WBB Playing in 2021 Cancun Challenge - pono - 05-19-2021 03:36 AM

sometimes they tier the bracket with the top 4 programs in one tier and the other 4 in another. of course, the hope is for a true 8 team 3 round tourney where the rockets get a shot at some of the bigger names.


RE: WBB Playing in 2021 Cancun Challenge - Rocket_Fanatic - 05-19-2021 02:26 PM

(05-18-2021 08:39 PM)northcoastRocket Wrote:  UT played there before and got 2 pre-scheduled games, as I recall.

I was at one of those games. I believe UCLA was the opponent. We had a nice contingent and if I remember it was a good game to partake. Venue was small but it’s Cancun so I didn’t care


RE: WBB Playing in 2021 Cancun Challenge - northcoastRocket - 06-17-2021 05:03 PM

Schedule announced and the Rockets get Idaho State and Seton Hall.
https://utrockets.com/news/2021/6/17/womens-basketball-toledo-to-participate-in-2021-cancun-challenge.aspx
Looks like you will need to pay for a flohoops subscription to watch.

Those might sound like the "easy" teams, compared to Baylor, Iowa, etc., but...

Idaho State was 22-4 last season. They won their conference, regular season and tourney, and drew a 4th seed Kentucky in the NCAAs, where they lost by 8. (Kentucky lost to Iowa in the 2nd round.) Their top 4 scorers are all international players, and all small players - 1 ea. from Croatia, France, Spain and Australia.

Seton Hall was 14-7 last season, but 2 of those losses were to UConn, so you can forgive those. Lost to Creighton in the Big East Tourney. Their roster looks pretty big overall. They will have former (for a hot minute) Rocket Ariel Cummings on the roster this coming season.

So, these will be good challenges for UT, to see how the revamped roster is coming together.