ASU Women's Basketball to participate in 2013 Cancun Challenge

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State women's basketball team will participate in the 2013 Cancun Challenge at the all-inclusive Aventura Palace Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, sponsored by Triple Crown Sports.

The Red Wolves will open the tournament on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, against 2013 NCAA Tournament participant North Carolina at 2:30 p.m. central time. A-State will follow with a matchup against 2013 NIT tournament participant Illinois Nov. 29 at 2:30 and will wrap up the three-day tournament Saturday, Nov. 30 against Arizona State at 2:30.

A-State is one of eight Division I women's college basketball teams that will play three games at the resort on November 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.

ASU is making its first trip to Cancun for the first time since the 2000-01 season when it participated in the Fun in the Sun Classic.

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, book online at<> or contact Sarah Sullivan by phone at 970-672-0533 or email at

2013 Cancun Challenge Tournament Schedule

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