Women's Hoops Unveils '03-04 Non-Conference Slate

IOWA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HAWKEYES ANNOUNCE 2003-04 NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE IOWA CITY – Another challenging and exciting schedule awaits the 2003-04 Iowa women's basketball team. The schedule features a number of teams that appeared in the NCAA and WNIT tournaments. For the second consecutive year, Iowa opens at home by hosting the annual KCRG-TV 9 Hawkeye Challenge, Nov. 21-22. Others in the field include Butler, Houston and Gonzaga. Iowa will play Butler in the first round, while Gonzaga will face Houston. The Hawkeyes have captured 15 of the 17 tournaments held in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa's next five games will be on the road. The Hawkeyes travel to South Florida to compete in the four-team Florida International Tournament (Nov. 28-29) in Miami. This competitive tournament includes Appalachian State and WNIT participants St. Joseph's and Florida International. First round match-ups have yet to be determined. Iowa will face regional opponents in its last seven non-conference games. Trips to in-state rivals Iowa State (Dec. 3) and Northern Iowa (Dec. 8) bookend a battle with Conference-USA rival Marquette (Dec. 5) in Milwaukee, WI. This marks the fifth straight season that Iowa will face Marquette. The Hawkeyes have won the last four, including last year's WNIT second round contest in Iowa City. Iowa leads the all-time series with both the Cyclones (19-14) and Panthers (7-1), which includes convincing victories over both last season in Iowa City. Three of the final four non-conference games are at home. Iowa returns home after a five-game road trip to host Big 12 power Kansas State (Dec. 12) and Missouri Valley Conference opponents Drake (Dec. 21) and Creighton (Dec. 28). Iowa won at Drake last year, but lost at Kansas State and to Creighton twice. Kansas State advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, while Creighton advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT after eliminating the Hawkeyes in the quarterfinals. Iowa concludes its non-conference slate with a road game at Missouri (Dec. 30). The Hawkeyes' schedule features 13 home games (including eight Big Ten games), five of which are on Sunday afternoons. Iowa's exhibition season begins with a game against Athletes in Action (Nov. 6), followed by another against South Dakota State (Nov. 13). The Big Ten Tournament remains in Indianapolis, IN, March 4-8 at Conseco Fieldhouse. Eleven letterwinners return from last year's squad, including three starters led by seniors Jennie Lillis and Kristi Faulkner and sophomore Johanna Solverson. Lillis was a first team all-Big Ten selection and WBCA Region 6 all-America honorable mention, Faulkner was a third-team all-Big Ten performer, while Solverson was named to the all-Big Ten Freshman Team. Iowa's conference and television schedule will be released at a later date. All game times are subject to change. IOWA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 2003-04 NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE Day Date Opponent Thurs. Nov. 6 Athletes in Action (Exhibition) 7:05 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 13 South Dakota State (Exhibition) 2:05 p.m. Fri. Nov. 21 KCRG-TV 9 Hawkeye Challenge Gonzaga vs. Houston 5:05 p.m. Butler vs. Iowa 7:05 p.m. Sat. Nov. 22 KCRG-TV 9 Hawkeye Challenge Consolation Game 5:05 p.m. Championship Game 7:05 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Nov. 28-29 at Florida International Tournament (Iowa, Appalachian St., St. Joseph's, Florida International) Wed. Dec. 3 at Iowa State 7:05 p.m. Fri. Dec. 5 at Marquette 3:05 p.m. Mon. Dec. 8 at Northern Iowa 7:05 p.m. Fri. Dec. 12 Kansas State 7:05 p.m. Sun. Dec. 21 Drake 2:05 p.m. Sun. Dec. 28 Creighton 2:05 p.m. Tues. Dec. 30 at Missouri 7:05 p.m. Thurs.-Mon. Mar. 4-8 at Big Ten Tournament (Indianapolis, IN) Sat.-Tues. Mar. 20-23 at NCAA First & Second Rounds (TBD) Sat.-Tues. Mar. 27-30 at NCAA Regionals (Hartford, CT; Norfolk, VA; Norman, OK; Spokane, WA) Sun.-Tues. Apr. 4-6 at NCAA Final Four (New Orleans, LA)

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