Sunbury News Staff
COLUMBUS (September 20, 2017) – The 2017-18 women’s basketball season will undoubtedly end in exciting fashion at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, site of the 2018 Final Four, but the beginning of the season won’t be without its own intriguing story lines.
Columbus has no off-season when it comes to sports and that continues as Ohio State and the city of Columbus will also host the Countdown to Columbus, on Sunday, Nov. 12, the seasons’ opening weekend, at Nationwide Arena. The event will feature four Top 15-ranked programs in Connecticut, Louisville, Stanford and host, Ohio State.
Ohio State will play Louisville in the second game of the session which follows a game between UConn and Stanford. Both games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks. The UConn and Stanford match-up is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. tip and will air on ESPN. The Ohio State and Louisville contest will begin at 4 p.m. and will air on ESPNU.
Tickets to the Countdown to Columbus are on-sale NOW online at ticketmaster.com, and at both the Nationwide Arena and Schottenstein Center box offices. Media interested in covering the event can request credentials by contacting Gary Petit with Ohio State Athletics at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior to those games, Ohio State will open its season at home against Stanford on Friday, Nov. 10 at historic St. John Arena on campus. The game will be Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer’s first game back in Columbus since she coached the Buckeyes from 1981-85.
VanDerveer, who recorded her 1,000th career victory last season, led the Buckeyes to 110 victories and three NCAA Tournament appearances including the program’s first trip to the Elite Eight in 1985. Her teams won the Big Ten title in four of her five seasons and she lost a total of just five games to Big Ten teams during her tenure.
Another interesting story-line headed into the weekend is that the Ohio State women’s basketball program is just two wins shy of 1,000. Gaining those two wins over such storied programs like Stanford and Louisville would make the milestone that much sweeter.