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