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UH Women's Basketball team to participate in 2021 Cancun Challenge

Coogs to face Arizona State, Fordham and Baylor

UPDATED: June 17, 2021 -- 6:45 p.m. CT

POSTED: June 17, 2021 -- 12:25 p.m. CT

The Houston Cougars women's basketball program is scheduled to hoop in Cancun over Thanksgiving as participants in the 2021 Cancun Challenge from November 25-27 at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.

The event features two divisions – the Mayan Division, which Houston is part of, features Arizona State, Baylor and Fordham. The Riviera Division includes American Athletic Conference foe UCF, Idaho State, Iowa, Seton Hall, Toledo and USC.

The full schedule can be found below (all times CT). All games will be broadcast through FloHoops (

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Thursday, Nov. 25

Mayan Division

Fordham vs. Baylor, 10 a.m.

Arizona State vs. Houston, 12:30 p.m.

Riviera Division

Iowa vs. Seton Hall, 3 p.m.

Toledo vs. Idaho State, 5:30 p.m.

USC vs. UCF, 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 26

Mayan Division

Baylor vs. Arizona State, 10 a.m.

Houston vs. Fordham, 12:30 p.m.

Riviera Division

Toledo vs. Seton Hall, 3 p.m.

Iowa vs. USC, 5:30 p.m.

Idaho State vs. UCF, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 27

Mayan Division

Fordham vs. Arizona State, 10 a.m.

Baylor vs. Houston, 12:30 p.m.

Games are played in the modified ballroom at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya; teams and their fans are in walking distance from their rooms to the games to the restaurants to poolside.

Produced by Triple Crown Sports, the Women's Cancun Challenge began in 2005; there was no event in 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions. This will be the first time in the event for UCF, Fordham and Houston, and the second trip in for Baylor, Seton Hall, Toledo and USC. Idaho State has come on two other occasions, while 2021 will mark the fifth time that both Arizona State and Iowa have attended.

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 Molina at 970-672-0533 ( or visit the website at

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