TUCSON, Ariz.?- Head Coach Joan Bonvicini today announced the 2004-05 Arizona women’s basketball schedule, and it includes three televised games and match-ups against eight teams that participated in the postseason last year ?- five in the NCAA Tournament and three in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).
Arizona’s has three televised games ?- Jan. 9 at home against Stanford, Jan. 29 at home against Maryland and Feb. 19 at Oregon ?- each of which will be aired live on FSN. In addition, the Wildcats’ home games against Southern California on Feb. 12 and Washington on Feb. 26, are Wild Card selections in the Pacific-10 television package and thus could get picked up by FSN.
The Wildcats open the season in the prestigious Sportsview.tv Preseason WNIT on Nov. 12 at home against Saint Mary’s. The tournament features five teams that participated in last year’s NCAA Tournament and four teams that played in the Postseason WNIT.
"We’re honored to be asked to the WNIT again and to host for the first time," Bonvicini says. "However, any time you play your first game earlier, it’s a challenge. That should be a great game here to start the season."
The non-conference slate also includes three other opponents from last year’s NCAA Tournament ?- Georgia, Maryland and UC Santa Barbara. Georgia advanced to the Elite Eight, while Maryland made it to the second round and UC Santa Barbara lost in the Sweet 16.
"Georgia is obviously a great team, maybe one of the top teams in the nation," Bonvicini explains. "The coach at Maryland is a former player of mine, so that should be an exciting game. And we lost to UC Santa Barbara last year, so we’re looking for revenge there."
The Wildcats also make trips to Brigham Young and Chicago State, where senior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler will play in front of a home crowd.
The grueling conference slate begins in late December after the holiday break. As a conference, the Pac-10 finished last season ranked as the fourth-toughest conference in the nation. Three teams ?- Arizona, Stanford and UCLA ?- competed in the NCAA Tournament, while three others ?- Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington ?- played in the WNIT.
"I think the conference is getting stronger every year," Bonvicini notes. "There are a number of teams competing for the title. Last year we got three teams into the NCAA Tournament and we’re hoping to get four or five in this year. The Pac-10 has a lot of good teams and good players."
Arizona opens Pac-10 play on the road at Washington and Washington State, both of which the Wildcats swept last season. Arizona then returns to the Grand Canyon state for the heated rivalry at Arizona State on Jan. 3. The Wildcats fell to the Sun Devils in Tempe last season.
The Wildcats’ first conference home games are Jan. 7 and 9 against California and Stanford. Arizona has won 18 in a row against the Golden Bears and will be looking to avenge a heartbreaking loss to the Cardinal in the championship of last year’s Pac-10 Tournament.
A trip to Los Angeles to face USC and UCLA comes next, followed by a four-game home swing against the Oregon schools, ASU and Maryland to close out January.
The Wildcats open February with games in the Bay Area, followed by home games against UCLA and USC. After a trip to Oregon and Oregon State, Arizona closes out the regular season at home against the Washington schools.
The 2005 Pac-10 Tournament will again be held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The tournament runs March 4-7.
The complete 2004-05 schedule is listed below.
2004-05 Arizona Women’s Basketball Schedule
Date Day Opponent Site Time
28 Thu. RED & BLUE GAME (Exhibition) Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m.
2 Tue. PLAY MODE SPORTS (Exhibition) Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m.
8 Mon. BADEN SPORTS (Exhibition) Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m.
12 Fri. SAINT MARY’S (Preseason WNIT First Round) Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m.
14 Sun. Preseason WNIT Second Round TBD TBA
17 Wed. Preseason WNIT Semifinal TBD TBA
20/21 Sat./Sun. Preseason WNIT Championship TBD TBA
27 Sat. at Brigham Young Provo, Utah 2 p.m.
29 Mon. UTEP Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m.
4 Sat. FIESTA BOWL WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CLASSIC Tucson, Ariz.
Presented by Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites
Delaware vs. Weber State 1 p.m.
Arizona vs. UNC Greensboro 3:30 p.m.
5 Sun. FIESTA BOWL WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CLASSIC Tucson, Ariz.
Presented by Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites
Consolation Game 1 p.m.
Championship Game 3:30 p.m.
12 Sun. at Georgia Athens, Ga. 2 p.m.
16 Thu. UC SANTA BARBARA Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m.
19 Sun. at Chicago State Chicago, Ill. 2 p.m.
27 Mon. at Washington* Seattle, Wash. 7 p.m.
29 Wed. at Washington State* Pullman, Wash. 7 p.m.
3 Mon. at Arizona State* Tempe, Ariz. 6:30 p.m.
7 Fri. CALIFORNIA* Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m.
9 Sun. STANFORD* (FSN) Tucson, Ariz. 2:30 p.m.
14 Fri. at Southern California* Los Angeles 7 p.m.
16 Sun. at UCLA* Los Angeles 2 p.m.
20 Thu. OREGON* Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m.
22 Sat. OREGON STATE* Tucson, Ariz. 2 p.m.
26 Wed. ARIZONA STATE* Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m.
29 Sat. MARYLAND (FSN) Tucson, Ariz. 4 p.m.
3 Thu. at Stanford* Palo Alto, Calif. 7 p.m.
5 Sat. at California* Berkeley, Calif. 2 p.m.
10 Thu. UCLA* Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m.
12 Sat. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA* Tucson, Ariz. 2 p.m.
17 Thu. at Oregon State* Corvallis, Ore. 7 p.m.
19 Sat. at Oregon* (FSN) Eugene, Ore. 2 p.m.
24 Thu. WASHINGTON STATE* Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m.
26 Sat. WASHINGTON* Tucson, Ariz. 4 p.m.
4-7 Fri.-Mon. at Pac-10 Conference Tournament San Jose, Calif. TBA
19-22 Sat.-Tue. NCAA First and Second Rounds TBD TBA
26-29 Sat.-Tue. NCAA Regionals TBD TBA
3-5 Sun.-Tue. NCAA Final Four Indianapolis, Ind. TBA
HOME GAMES IN BOLD CAPS
* Indicates Pac-10 game
FSN ?- Indicates game will be televised live on FSN
All game times are local to the site and are subject to change.