Women's Hoops to Return to Cancun in 2013

July 30, 2013

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team will face USC, Boston College, and UNC Wilmington in the 2013 Cancun Challenge at the all-inclusive Aventura Palace Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, tournament officials announced.

Iowa is one of eight teams that will each play three games at the resort on Nov. 28 – 30. The Cancun Challenge Riviera Tournament features Arizona State, Arkansas State, Illinois, and North Carolina. The Cancun Challenge Mayan Tournament features Boston College, Iowa, UNC Wilmington, and USC. The teams each play one game per day in a true classic format.

The Hawkeyes are 3-1 all-time against USC. The two teams have split two neutral site games. Iowa dropped its only meeting against Boston College, 72-67, on Dec. 2, 2009, in Iowa City in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Hawkeyes have never faced UNC Wilmington.

Iowa last traveled to Cancun in 2010, downing James Madison and Virginia Tech.

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013:
Riviera Tournament
Arizona State vs. Illinois, 12 p.m. (CT)
North Carolina vs. Arkansas State, 2:30 p.m. (CT)

Mayan Tournament
UNC Wilmington vs. Boston College, 5 p.m. (CT)
USC vs. Iowa, 7:30 p.m. (CT)

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013:
Riviera Tournament
North Carolina vs. Arizona State, 12 p.m. (CT)
Arkansas State vs. Illinois, 2:30 p.m. (CT)

Mayan Tournament
Iowa vs. Boston College, 5 p.m. (CT)
USC vs. UNC Wilmington, 7:30 p.m. (CT)

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013:
Riviera Tournament
Illinois vs. North Carolina, 12 p.m. (CT)
Arizona State vs. Arkansas State, 2:30 p.m. (CT)

Mayan Tournament
Boston College vs. USC, 5 p.m. (CT)
UNC Wilmington vs. Iowa, 7:30 p.m. (CT)

The Cancun Challenge tournaments are unique events where all teams stay and play at the all-inclusive Aventura Palace Resort in Riviera Maya near Cancun, Mexico. The resort’s convention center ballroom is converted into an arena which provides fans a special close-up view of the games.

Seating is limited for this exclusive event, and all fans should book travel packages through Triple Crown Sports for admission into games in Mexico. Travel packages are the only way to ensure admission to games at this time. For travel package information, contact Sarah Sullivan by phone at 970-672-0533 or by email at sarah@triplecrownsports.com, or visit the website at cancunchallenge.net.

The Cancun Challenge is owned and produced by Triple Crown Sports, based in Fort Collins, Colo. Triple Crown Sports also produces a men’s Division I college basketball tournament in Mexico, as well as the Preseason and Postseason Women’s NIT.