The 2003-04 Ohio State women's basketball schedule was released today. Head coach Jim Foster's Buckeyes will play eight games on television this year, including two on ESPN2, two on FOX Sports Chicago and four on the Ohio News Network (ONN).
Ohio State will compete against seven teams that competed in the 2003 NCAA Championship and for the second consecutive year, the Buckeyes will play two regular-season games in historic St. John Arena.
Seven of Ohio State's first eight games will take place in Columbus beginning with contests against Ohio University (Nov. 21), Florida A&M (Nov. 23), UNC-Wilmington (Nov. 25) and IUPUI (Dec. 1). The Buckeyes take their first road trip to battle Big 12 foe Nebraska Dec. 12 in Lincoln, Neb. Ohio State returns to take on Wright State Dec. 18 in St. John Arena prior to hosting the Buckeye Classic in Value City Arena. The Buckeye Classic will feature Ohio State, Dayton, Pennsylvania and St. John's. The Buckeyes will face St. John's in the first game Dec. 20 and the championship and consolation games will take place Dec. 21.
After the holiday break, the Buckeyes travel west to play UC-Santa Barbara, a team that made the NCAA tournament last season, Dec. 28 and UCLA Dec. 30. Ohio State opens the New Year and Big Ten competition by playing host to the Badgers of Wisconsin Jan. 2 in Columbus. Foster's team then will take part in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge, which will be broadcast on ESPN2, vs. Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., before diving into the conference portion of the schedule.
After trips to play Illinois Jan. 8 and Northwestern Jan. 11, the Buckeyes will face three consecutive conference squads - Michigan State, Purdue and Penn State - at home in mid-January. A trip to Michigan (Jan. 29) and two road games (at Iowa Feb. 5 and at Purdue Feb. 8) will sandwich an Indiana home game Feb. 1. Ohio State then will face Minnesota at home Feb. 12 before traveling to East Lansing, Mich., to take on the Spartans. The Feb. 15 MSU game will be aired on FOX Sports Chicago. After Ohio State takes on Northwestern in St. John Arena Feb. 19, the Buckeyes will show up on FOX Sports Chicago again in the final home contest vs. Illinois Feb. 22. OSU ends the 2003-04 regular season at Minnesota and Wisconsin, Feb. 26 and 29, respectively.
ONN will decide on four additional games to be broadcast throughout the state of Ohio. Information will be made available on ohiostatebuckeyes.com at a later date.
Postseason play will begin with the annual Big Ten tournament, which takes place March 4-8 in Indianapolis. The 2004 NCAA Final Four is April 4 and 6 at the Superdome in New Orleans, La.
Ohio State will play host to NCAA first- and second-round games March 20 and 22 in St. John Arena.
2003-04 Ohio State Women's Basketball Schedule
Date Opponent Time TVNov. 21 Ohio University 7 PM Nov. 23 Florida A&M 2 PM Nov. 25 UNC-Wilmington 7 PM Dec. 1 IUPUI 7 PM Dec. 12 at Nebraska 8 PM Dec. 18 Wright State# 7 PM Dec. 20 St. John's& 2 PM Dec. 21 vs. Dayton or Penn& 12 PM or 2 PM Dec. 28 at UC-Santa Barbara 5 PM Dec. 30 at UCLA 10 PM Jan. 2 Wisconsin 7 PM Jan. 4 at Rutgers@ 5 PM ESPN2 Jan. 8 at Illinois 8 PM Jan. 11 at Northwestern 3 PM Jan. 15 Michigan State 7 PM Jan. 22 Purdue 7 PM Jan. 25 Penn State 2 PM Jan. 29 at Michigan 7 PM Feb. 1 Indiana 2 PM Feb. 5 at Iowa 8 PM Feb. 8 at Purdue 2 PM ESPN2 Feb. 12 Minnesota 7 PM Feb. 15 at Michigan State 1 PM FSN Chicago Feb. 19 Northwestern# 7 PM Feb. 22 Illinois 1 PM FSN Chicago Feb. 26 at Minnesota TBA Feb. 29 at Wisconsin 8 PM March 4-8 Big Ten Tournament at Indianapolis, Ind.
&-Buckeye Classic#-Game played at St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio All times listed are Eastern Standard and subject to change @-Big Ten/Big East Challenge