Chancellor announces LSU's 07-08 schedule

Highlighted by a potential of 14 home games, the LSU women's basketball team announced its schedule for the upcoming 2007-08 season.

The Lady Tigers, beginning a new era under Hall of Fame head coach Van Chancellor, will host at least 12 regular season home games in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and could have as many as two more during the preseason Women's Invitational Tournament (WNIT).

In addition to the home schedule that includes a late February date with Connecticut and the seven Southeastern Conference opponents, LSU will travel to 2007 national runner-up Rutgers on Nov. 25, visit Ruston, La., for a showdown with Louisiana Tech on Dec. 16, play at Middle Tennessee on Dec. 30 and open the new year at Florida State on Jan. 3.  

"I have always said that the schedule is a vital part of your success as a coach and I feel like we have put together a schedule that will both challenge and prepare the team for it ultimate goal this season," Chancellor said. "As long as we are playing non-conference teams like Connecticut and Rutgers and the have chance of facing ranked teams in the WNIT, that will get us ready to play in the SEC and beyond."

The WNIT field which has a total of 16 teams includes LSU's opening round opponent Samford, as well as Michigan State, Maryland, Notre Dame, Western Kentucky and TCU. 

The 2007-08 schedule is also highlighted by a mid-December trip to Cancun, Mexico, for the Caribbean Classic. The Lady Tigers will face Illinois-Chicago and Miami (Fla.) in the two-day round robin event.

The SEC portion of the home schedule includes visits to the Maravich Center by Georgia, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Ole Miss Kentucky and Arkansas.  

The road conference slate features trips to Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi State.

"The SEC is always a very strong conference and this year is no different," added Chancellor, who coached 19 seasons at Ole Miss prior winning four WNBA title with the Houston Comets. "You can never rest easy when you play in this league. Believe me, I know." 

Other non-conference home games include UL-Lafayette and New Orleans, while LSU will visit Houston and Tulane to complete the non-conference schedule.

The Lady Tigers, no stranger to televised games over the past four Final Four seasons, will appear nationally on ESPN2 three times. The Nov. 25 game at Rutgers, the Feb. 10 home match-up with SEC foe Georgia and the Feb. 25 re-match with Connecticut in the Maravich Center will all be broadcast by the network. 

Fox Sports Net will carry LSU's Jan. 13 home game with Vanderbilt and road games at Kentucky (Jan. 27), defending national champion Tennessee (Feb. 14) and Mississippi State (March 2) that closes the regular season schedule.

LSU will also host the first two rounds of the 2008 NCAA Tournament in the Maravich Center. If the Lady Tigers make the field of 64, LSU will play at home to open the NCAA Tournament and host seven other teams in mid-March on the road to the Final Four in Tampa, Fla.

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