Murrell Announces 2004-05 Schedule

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June 15, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - This year's Apple Cup festivities will have an early start in the Palouse as the Washington State women's basketball team faces Boise State, Friday, Nov. 19 at Beasley Coliseum.

The Boise State game will be one of 15 games (including two exhibitions) that the Cougars will play in their 2004-05 schedule as announced by head coach Sherri Murrell, Tuesday.

In addition to Boise State, the Cougars' non-conference home schedule includes Portland State (Dec. 3), Eastern Washington (Dec. 18), and Valparaiso (Dec. 21).

'I'm very excited to open the season at home on Apple Cup weekend,' Murrell said. 'The non-conference schedule has a good mix of competitive home and away games.'

When the Cougars host Indiana based Valparaiso, it will mark the first time WSU has played a school situated east of the Mississippi River in Pullman since 1999. That year, WSU hosted Bowling Green (Ohio) in the Cougar Shootout.

The Cougars' non-conference road schedule is underlined by a pair of trips to California. The first visit to the Golden State is at a tournament hosted by St. Mary's University over Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 26-27). Along with the host school, the Cougars will be joined by Tennessee-Chattanooga and Northwestern State at the tournament.

The Cougars are also at Fresno State (Dec. 9) and San Diego State (Dec. 11). Rounding out the non-conference road portion of the schedule is a trip to Lincoln, Neb. for a game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Nov. 22.

The conference home opener is against Arizona, Monday, Dec. 27. During one stretch of the season from Dec. 18-29, the Cougars play four consecutive home games (Eastern Washington, Dec. 18; Valparaiso, Dec. 21; Arizona State, Dec. 27; Arizona, Dec. 29).

The Cougars' schedule features 10 teams that reached postseason play in 2003-04. Six -- Valparaiso, Northwestern State, Tennessee- Chattanooga, Stanford, Arizona, UCLA -- advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The postseason group is rounded out by Nebraska, Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington, who all earned a spot in the WNIT.

The Pacific-10 Conference Tournament is March 4-7 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
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