Lady'Backs Nonconference Schedule Released

FAYETTEVILLE -- An old rival from the Southwest Conference days along with a pair of trips to opposite coasts highlight the 2005-06 nonconference basketball schedule for the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks.

After a pair of home exhibition games on Nov. 6 and Nov. 11, the Lady'Backs begin the 2005-06 season in Dallas against former SWC rival Southern Methodist on Nov. 18. The game against the Lady Mustangs -- set for a 7 p.m. tip-off -- will be played at Moody Coliseum, the host of many Arkansas-SMU wars back in the 70s and 80s.

Conference USA members Memphis and Tulsa are both on this year's schedule, with both teams visiting Fayetteville. The Lady Tigers -- coached by former UA all-conference selection Blair Savage -- come to town on Nov. 21, while Tulsa visits on Dec. 1.

Also highlighting the schedule are a pair of trips to the coasts. During Thanksgiving week, the Lady'Backs will head to Oregon for a pair of games against Oregon and Portland State on Nov. 25-26. Arkansas then rounds out the nonconference slate with an appearance in the Florida International Tournament in Miami from Dec. 29-30.

Arkansas also hosts Grambling (Nov. 29), Missouri-Kansas City (Dec. 4), Texas Pan-American (Dec. 18) and New Orleans (Dec. 21) in Bud Walton Arena while again playing one home game in Hot Springs, against Nicholls State on Dec. 15.

Aside from the trips to Dallas, Oregon and Florida, the Lady'Backs have just one other nonconference road test, a Dec. 15 visit to Western Kentucky.

The Lady'Backs begin exhibition play Nov. 6 against Cameron University before playing host to Missouri Southern in another exhibition matchup on Nov. 11. Unlike the men's basketball programs, women's basketball is still allowed to play international teams in exhibition games. But Arkansas has decided to return to playing American colleges in its two preseason tuneups.

The rest of Arkansas' 2005-06 schedule will be released by the Southeastern Conference once the league schedule is finalized.

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