Women's Basketball Announces 2004-05 Schedule

Sept. 29, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - 2004-05 Arizona State Women's Basketball Schedule

The 2004-05 Arizona State women's basketball schedule features games against eight teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year and 15 home dates, including a Dec. 21 match-up with three-time defending NCAA champion Connecticut, ninth-year head coach Charli Turner Thorne announced this week.

The Sun Devils open the 2004-05 schedule on the road, traveling to Baton Rouge, La., Nov. 11-12 for the Women's Sports Foundation Classic. ASU will play perennial NCAA qualifier Virginia in the first round and either LSU or Maine in the second. Last year, LSU advanced to the NCAA Final Four, while Maine won the America East Conference title and earned an NCAA Tournament berth.

ASU will open its home slate on Saturday, Nov. 20, taking on San Diego at 6:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena, before heading to San Antonio, Texas for the UT-San Antonio Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 26-27. The Sun Devils will take on Seton Hall in the first round and Prairie View A&M in the second game of that tournament.

Next up for the Sun Devils is the annual ASU Holiday Classic Dec. 3-4 at Wells Fargo Arena. This year's tournament will feature Alabama State, Gonzaga and Nevada. ASU returns to the road following its own tournament for a pair of challenging contests, traveling to Athens, Ga., on Dec. 7 to take on 2004 NCAA Elite Eight participant Georgia and Albuquerque, N.M., on Dec. 18 to take on 2004 NCAA qualifier New Mexico.

Arizona State will wrap up its non-conference schedule with a marquis game, playing host to three-time defending NCAA champion Connecticut Tuesday, Dec. 21 at Wells Fargo Arena.

The Sun Devils open the Pac-10 Conference slate on the road at Washington State (Dec. 27) and Washington (Dec. 29) before returning home for games against Arizona, Stanford and California. The Sun Devils will play host to the state rival Wildcats on Monday, Jan. 3, while the Cardinal and Golden Bears visit Tempe on Friday, Jan. 7 and Sunday, Jan. 9, respectively.

Oregon State and Oregon also make stops at Wells Fargo Arena in January, while USC, UCLA, Washington and Washington State visit Tempe in February. ASU's regular-season home finale will be Feb. 24 and 26 against Washington and Washington State, respectively.

The fourth annual State Farm Pac-10 Conference Tournament gets underway March 4-7 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament are slated for March 19-22 at predetermined campus sites, while ASU will play host the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship Tempe Regional March 26 and 28 at Wells Fargo Arena.

ASU plays host to a pair of exhibition games in early November, taking on the Basketball Travelers on Wednesday, Nov. 3 and Team Concept on Monday, Nov. 8.

Season tickets went on sale to the general public on Sept. 27, while single-game tickets go on sale Oct. 18. Tickets for the NCAA Tempe Regional are also for sale now at the ASU ticket office.

Season tickets for Arizona State women's basketball range from $165 for floor seats to $80 for reserved seats and $68 for ASU faculty/staff tickets. Single-game tickets are $8 for reserved seats, $5 for general admission, $4 for faculty/staff (general admission) and $3 for juniors/seniors.

Fans can also purchase a Sparky Card, which provides one general admission seat to each regularly scheduled event for ASU women's basketball, women's soccer, women's gymnastics, volleyball, wreatling, baseball, softball and track and field. Prices for a Sparky Card are $75 for adults, $60 for ASU faculty/staff and $50 for juniors/seniors.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Sun Devil ticket office at 480-965-2381.

The Sun Devils return all five starters and 11 letterwinners from last year's team, which made a school-record fifth consecutive postseason appearance. ASU has won a school-record 13 home games in each of the last three seasons and holds a 39-7 record at Wells Fargo Arena over the last three years.

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