Aug. 4, 2003
Tucson, Ariz. (Aug. 4) - The University of Arizona women's basketball team will face yet another tough schedule during the 2003-04 season. This year's slate features 12 teams that saw post-season action in 2002-03, including five teams that were nationally ranked at season's end.
The Wildcats will officially tip off the 2003-04 season at home against in-state foe Northern Arizona on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. Arizona will hit the road right away after that for an extended trip. The Cats will play at UC Santa Barbara, which was ranked No. 18 in the final Associated Press poll, on Tuesday, Nov. 25.
From Santa Barbara, the Wildcats head directly to Honolulu, Hawai'i, to participate in the Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine Classic on Friday, Nov. 28, through Sunday Nov. 30. The Wildcats will face Virginia on the first day, and the remainder of the field includes Hartford, host team Hawai'i, Montana, Navy, Syracuse and Texas. While Hawai'i and Montana both made post-season WNIT appearances in 2003, Virginia advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and Texas was a Final Four team.
After returning home from Hawai'i, the Wildcats will play host to Massachusetts, Utah State and American for the 13th annual Arizona Basketball Classic on Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7. UMass and Utah State, a program that has been reinstated after a 15-year layoff, will play one another in the first game on Dec. 6 at 1 p.m., followed by Arizona and American at 3:30 p.m. The consolation game will be played at 1 p.m. on Dec. 7, with the championship game following at 3:30 p.m.
The next weekend will see Arizona facing both Brigham Young, another NCAA tourney team, and Southwest Texas State on Friday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 14, respectively. The Cats will then make a return trip to "The Pit" to face New Mexico, a Sweet Sixteen team in 2003, on Saturday, Dec. 20.
Following a short break for Christmas, Arizona will begin Pac-10 play against Washington (Dec. 27), Washington State (Dec. 29) and Arizona State (Jan. 2) at home. The Wildcats will make the long trip to Baton Rouge to face Louisiana State, ranked No. 3 in the final 2003 AP poll, on Sunday, Jan. 4. The Cats then make their first Pac-10 trip to the Bay Area to take on California (Jan. 8) and Stanford (Jan. 10).
Arizona wraps up regular season play against the Washington schools on the road on Feb. 26 and 28, then all the conference teams head to San Jose, Calif., once again for the 2004 Pac-10 Conference Tournament on Mar. 5-8.