Tournament officials announced Monday the schedule for the 10-team field of the 2016 Women’s Cancun Challenge. The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya just south of Cancun, Mexico will once again play host to this spectacular event, slated for Nov. 24-26.
The four-team field of the Mayan Division features Northeastern (Colonial), Stanford (Pac-12), Purdue (Big Ten), and Wichita State (Missouri Valley). Teams will battle in a round-robin format, playing the other three teams across the Thanksgiving Holiday break. Davidson (Atlantic 10), Idaho State (Big Sky), Iowa (Big Ten), James Madison (Colonial), Toledo (Mid-American), and UCLA (Pac-12) make up the Riviera Division. Each of those teams will play two games at the Cancun Challenge.
Rated as a top-five tournament in 2014 by Sports Illustrated, it’s no wonder teams are jumping at the chance to return to the Yucatan. In the 12th installment of the Women’s Cancun Challenge, the Hawkeyes will be flying south for the fourth time this November and looking to improve on their 6-1 all-time record at the event. Joining Iowa in returning to the Cancun Challenge is JMU. The Dukes bring in a 4-3 record and are back for the fourth time.
Three other schools in the field are making repeat trips. Idaho State (2011), Purdue (2011), and Wichita State (2012) are all heading back to the tournament.
Here is the 2016 Women’s Cancun Challenge schedule (Home team listed second and will wear light-colored uniforms; all times Cancun/Eastern Time):
Thursday, Nov. 24
Northeastern vs. Stanford, 11 a.m. ET
Wichita State vs. Purdue, 1:30 p.m. ET
Davidson vs. Toledo, 4 p.m. ET
JMU vs. Idaho State, 6:30 p.m. ET
UCLA vs. Iowa, 9 p.m. ET
Friday, Nov. 25
Stanford vs. Wichita State, 11 a.m. ET
Purdue vs. Northeastern, 1:30 p.m. ET
Idaho State vs. Davidson, 4 p.m. ET
Toledo vs. UCLA, 6:30 p.m. ET
Iowa vs. JMU, 9 p.m. ET
Saturday, Nov. 26
Northeastern vs. Wichita State, 11 a.m. ET
Stanford vs. Purdue, 1:30 p.m. ET
Seating is limited for this exclusive event, and all fans should book land travel packages through Triple Crown Sports for admission into games in Mexico. Travel packages are the only way to guarantee admission to games at this time. For travel package information, contact Sarah Sullivan at 970-672-0533 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.cancunchallenge.net.
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