The Connecticut women's basketball team is one of nine programs that have been selected by Nike to wear the new Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniform this season. The Huskies will wear the uniform when it hosts Notre Dame at the XL Center on February 27, 2012 at 9pm on ESPN2. Each of the nine programs selected have won NCAA Championships in Nike apparel. In addition to the Connecticut women, the participating schools include the Connecticut men's team, Arizona, the Baylor women's team, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Syracuse. UConn is the only school to have both its men's and women's program as part of the deal. According to Nike, the "Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniform is designed at the intersection of sustainability and performance. Nike created the uniforms specifically for superior performance and lower environmental impact. The fabric of the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum shorts are made from 100 percent recycled polyester while the jersey fabric is made from at least 96% recycled polyester. Both short and jersey are tailored for the optimal efficiency of movement and are five percent lighter than the previous Nike Hyper Elite uniform. Featuring laser-cut bonded logos, a sharp platinum design as well as prominent accent colors, the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniforms are sure to shine on the court."
Other aspects of the uniform include:
*Laser perforations in side panels for increased breathability and a lightweight 4-way stretch woven design on the short.
*A bonded hem detailing found on the short and the bonded back seam near the neckline to enhance comfort and style.
*A lightweight Nike Sphere fabric on the front.
*A full Nike Aerographics back panel.
Fans can follow the press conference announcing the new uniforms at: http://www.nikelivepresents.com/platinum/nike_platinum.html