Louisville women to play 23 hoops games on TV

The defending NCAA Tournament runner-up University of Louisville Cardinals released the new schedule for this season on Wednesday. The Cardinals will play 23 games on television and 10 games on national TV.

The 2013-14 Louisville women's basketball schedule features 23 televised games, including 10 on national television. The Cardinals will participate in the preseason WNIT, which features 10 teams that competed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. In the 13 game non-conference schedule, the Cardinals could face eight teams that participated in postseason play last season.

"We are excited about the schedule and the challenges it will bring us this season to help us prepare for the postseason," said head coach Jeff Walz. "Our non-conference schedule has the potential to be the toughest in the seven years I've been at Louisville. We have always taken great pride in the quality of our non-conference opponents because they push us to be our best in a very competitive conference. The preseason WNIT will test the team early and provide some great match ups."

The Cardinals will appear on the ESPN networks eight times, hosting a Big Monday game in the KFC Yum! Center on March 3 against Connecticut. Louisville will also appear on CBS Sports Network twice. Every home game will be televised for the third straight season. Local coverage will be announced at a later date.

The Cardinals will face their first outside competition in an exhibition game against Pikeville on Nov. 5 in the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville will tip off the regular season on Nov. 9 in the preseason WNIT against Sheryl Swoopes' Loyola Chicago team in the KFC Yum! Center at 7:00 p.m. Louisville is guaranteed three games in the WNIT and if they advance to the championship, the fourth game will be played on Nov. 17.

The Cardinals will host Ohio and Florida State at home on Nov. 21 and Nov. 24. Louisville will then travel to Bowling Green to face former assistant coach Michelle Clark-Heard's Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Nov. 27 at 8:00 p.m. The Cardinals then travel to in state rival Kentucky for a matchup on Dec. 1. Louisville will return to the KFC Yum! Center for a three game home stand, hosting Missouri State on Dec. 3, Wright State on Dec. 7, and Austin Peay on Dec. 15. The Cardinals will then travel to Ball State on Dec. 17 before returning home to host Colorado on Dec. 21 prior to the Christmas break.

Louisville will open up American Athletic Conference play on Dec. 29 in a nationally televised game on ESPNU at the KFC Yum! Center against SMU at 3:00 p.m. The Cardinals will play three home games in the month of January hosting Cincinnati on Jan. 4, UCF on Jan. 15 and Memphis on Jan.26. The Memphis game will be televised on ESPNU. Three of the Cardinals' five road games in January will be nationally televised. The Cardinals will face Temple on New Year's Day. ESPNU will televise the Jan. 12 game at USF and the Jan. 19 game at SMU. CBS Sports Network will televise Louisville's Jan. 28 game at Rutgers.

The Cards will host four home games in the month of February. Louisville will host USF on Feb. 2 in a nationally televised game on CBS Sports Network. They will host Temple on Feb. 12 and Houston on Feb. 19. ESPNU will televise the Cards' game against Rutgers on Feb. 23. Louisville will travel to UCF on Feb. 4. The Cardinals will travel to Connecticut on Feb. 9 for a rematch of the national championship game, televised nationally on ESPN2. Louisville's game at Memphis on Feb. 16 will be televised on ESPNU as part of the Play for Kay that weekend. Louisville will wrap up the regular season with two games in March. The Cards will travel to Cincinnati on March 1 before returning home for the final game of the season- a Big Monday matchup with Connecticut on March 3 in the KFC Yum! Center at 7:00 p.m.

The American Athletic Conference Tournament will be held March 7-10 in Uncasville, Conn. at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The March 9 semifinals will be televised on ESPNU and the final will be March 10 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN2. The 2013-14 University of Louisville women's basketball season tickets are currently on sale. A family plan consisting of four tickets is $240, which is the best bargain at four tickets at just $60 a person for all home games. Other options include endzone seats at just $85 a ticket as well as youth (18 and under) season tickets for $60. Adult season tickets are $115 and Faculty/Staff tickets are $110.

To purchase tickets call the UofL athletic ticket office at (502) 852-5151 or go to www.GoCards.com

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