Women's Basketball Announces 2003-2004 Schedule

Sept. 2, 2003

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SEATTLE - Two non-conference tournaments and seven 2003 postseason teams highlight the 2003-2004 Washington women's basketball schedule, head coach June Daugherty announced Tuesday.

The Huskies are slated to face five opponents that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year, including regional finalist Texas Tech and regional semifinalists Notre Dame and Colorado, as well as two opponents that played in the 2003 WNIT.

Washington opens the season in Honolulu, Hawai'i, at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic, Nov. 22-23. Joining UW and the University of Hawaii in the tournament will be Lipscomb and Maine. The Huskies will then return home to host their own tournament at Bank of America Arena, the Seattle Times Classic, Nov. 28-29. UW's first-round opponent will be cross-state rival Gonzaga Fri., Nov. 28, at 7 p.m., while Yale and Oklahoma round out the four-team field.

The remaining non-conference schedule provides the Huskies with some formidable competition, as UW will play host to 2001 NCAA Champion Notre Dame, Sun., Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. Other non-conference home games include Denver, Tues., Dec. 16 (7 p.m.) and perennial power Texas Tech, Fri., Dec. 19 (7 p.m.). The Huskies will face Colorado (Tues., Dec. 9, 6 p.m. PT) and Iowa State (Sun., Dec. 21, 1 p.m. PT) on the road. Notre Dame, Texas Tech and Colorado all finished among the final Top-25 national polls.

'It's a very challenging, exciting preseason,' Daugherty said. 'We certainly have our hands full with not only the travel, but the competition. The Pac-10 Conference will be better than it has been for the last couple years, so we certainly have to tackle a competitive preseason and use that to prepare us well for a tougher than ever conference run.'

Like always, the Pac-10 schedule will feature some tough competition for the Huskies as they gear up for the third conference tournament, held for the second-straight year at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., March 5-8. Both Arizona and Stanford advanced to the NCAA Tournament and finished in the final Top-25 polls last year, while Arizona State and Oregon State played in the 2003 WNIT. The Huskies open the Pac-10 slate at Arizona, Sat., Dec. 27, in Tucson.

Bank of America Arena will also be home to the 2004 NCAA West Regional, Sat., March 27, and Mon., March 29.

Washington tips off the season with a pair of exhibition games at home, hosting NWBL, Sun., Nov. 9, and Sun., Nov. 16. Both games will be played at 4 p.m.

Season ticket and single-game packages are available for purchase by either calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200 or by visiting the official website of Husky athletics at www.gohuskies.com. Tickets for the 2004 NCAA West Regional are also available.

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