Bruins to Face UConn in Never Forget Tribute Classic
Newark, NJ – UCLA Women's Basketball is set to face off against UConn in the Never Forget Tribute Classic presented by United Rentals on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The nationally-televised matchup is set to tip off at 10:00 a.m. PT on ABC.
The Never Forget Tribute Classic is a premier collegiate basketball event that will feature a women's and men's double-header for the first time, as UConn Men's Basketball will take on St. Bonaventure at 12:30/1:00 p.m. PT on ESPN 2 following the showdown between the Bruins and Huskies.
"We are very excited about our game against UConn in the Never Forget Tribute Classic," said The Michael Price Family UCLA Women's Basketball Coach Cori Close. "Both of our programs have championship aspirations and we both want to contribute to grow the game of women's basketball. This game helps us do both things. It gives us a barometer of where we are in our championship habits and quest, and the national exposure of the ABC broadcast gives us an opportunity to put a spotlight on elite women's basketball. We are honored to be a part of this amazing event and I am excited to compete with UConn on the biggest national stage. Let's go!"
UCLA and UConn are set to square off in the seventh all-time meeting between the programs. The Huskies secured a narrow, 69-61 victory over the Bruins back in 2019 in the most recent showdown between the teams during the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Japreece Dean led the Bruins with 16 points and three assists while Michaela Onyenwere put up eight points and a game-high 15 rebounds. The Bruins are coming off a 17-6 campaign in 2020-21 that saw them advance to the Pac-12 Tournament championship game and earn their fifth-straight NCAA Tournament berth. The Huskies finished last season 28-2 and advanced to the Final Four before losing to eventual national runner-up, Arizona.
Tickets begin at $40 and go on sale to the general public on Friday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. ET via PruCenter.com/Events/Never-Forget-Tribute-Classic, Ticketmaster.com, and Prudential Center's Box Office. Pre-Sale opportunities for Prudential Center email newsletter subscribers and New Jersey Devils Black and Red Members are available starting on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. ET. To register for the Prudential Center Pre-Sale, fans may click HERE. For Group Opportunities for more than 10 people, contact 973-757-6000 or email GroupEvents@PruCenter.com; for Premium Seating opportunities, visit PruCenter.com/Premium.
For the fifth annual year, the Never Forget Tribute Classic presented by United Rentals will support a 9/11-inspired charity; the recipient of support from the 2021 event will be unveiled in the coming weeks.