2004-05 Women's Basketball Scheduled Announced

Aug. 4, 2004


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The 2004-05 University of Kansas women’s basketball team will face 11 teams that reached postseason play last year, according to the 2004-05 schedule released by KU officials Wednesday.

The Jayhawks, who will play 18 games in Allen Fieldhouse, open the season with two exhibition contests — against in-state foe Fort Hays State (Nov. 9) and the California All-Stars (Nov. 16).

The regular season gets underway on Nov. 21 versus UT-Arlington as the Jayhawks look to extend their winning streak in home openers to 21. KU then plays Sacred Heart (Nov. 24), UMKC (Nov. 27) and Denver (Nov. 30) to conclude a season-opening four-game homestand.

Kansas will get a major road test on Dec. 5 when it travels to Minnesota for a matchup against the Golden Gophers, a team that advanced to the 2004 NCAA Final Four. After returning to Lawrence for dates with Western Illinois (Dec. 9) and Dartmouth (Dec. 18), the Jayhawks will face the 2004 WNIT Champion, Creighton, on Dec. 21 in Omaha, Neb.

KU closes the non-conference portion of the schedule with a home game versus San Diego State (Dec. 28) and a road contest with Ball State (Dec. 30) in Muncie, Ind.

The powerful Big 12 Conference slate kicks off for the Jayhawks on Jan. 5 when KU travels to Austin, Texas, to face the reigning league champion Texas Longhorns. Kansas will play home-and-home series against each league North Division team, while playing each South Division team once, hosting Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Baylor, and traveling to Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.

KU officials will add another non-conference game, to be played in Allen Fieldhouse, and also expect to announce a multi-game television package. Those details will be announced when the become available.

“Television exposure for our women’s basketball program is very important to us,” Jim Marchiony, associate athletics director said. “We expect to have more games televised this season than ever before.”

The ninth Big 12 Conference Tournament returns to Kansas City, Mo., this season after a two-year stint in Dallas, Texas. The tournament will take place Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, March 8-10 and 12, at Municipal Auditorium.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to play 18 games in Allen Fieldhouse,” head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “We’re looking forward to the competition of the Big 12, and the experience we’ll gain from our non-conference schedule.”