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UB women's basketball to host Stanford in December

Capitalizing on their successful run to the Sweet 16, the University at Buffalo women's basketball team landed one of its best non-conference opponents: Stanford University.

The teams will meet for the first time on Dec. 21 in Alumni Arena.

"In order to be the best you have to play the best and that is why we put Stanford on our schedule," head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said in a release. "This is going to be an unbelievable experience for our team having one of the most respected programs in the country come to our gym. I have a great amount of respect for Tara VanDerveer and what she has done at Stanford."

VanDerveer, who graduated from the Buffalo Seminary, has already reached iconic status in the sport, as a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (2011) and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (2002). She's a four-time National Coach of the Year award winner and has been named the Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year 15 times.

VanDerveer coached at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart and was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

Stanford advanced to its 11th straight Sweet 16 last year before losing to No. 1 Louisville in the Lexington Regional. The Cardinals went 24-11 overall with a 14-3 mark in the Pac-12.

Buffalo is coming off its best season in history, finishing No. 21 in the final USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll, the Bulls' first national ranking in program history.

Buffalo has not played host to a nationally ranked opponent at Alumni Arena since Feb. 25, 2009, when the Bulls hosted No. 25 Bowling Green in a Mid-American Conference game. Bowling Green won, 89-82, in overtime.

The Bulls previously announced they will play in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas, which features two more national powerhouses in Louisville and Baylor.

The rest of the schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. The UB ticket office is accepting deposits for new season ticket holders. Individual game tickets will go on sale at a later date.

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