Coach Jim Foster returns for his third year as the OSU coach after leading the Buckeyes to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.
Here is OSU's release on the 2004-05 women's basketball schedule:
The 2004-05 Ohio State women's basketball schedule was announced Thursday. A total of 10 teams that participated in the 2004 NCAA Championship are on the Ohio State slate this season. The Buckeyes are joined in the 16-team 2004 Preseason WNIT field by nine other 2004 postseason squads to kick off the season. For the third-consecutive year, Jim Foster, OSU head basketball coach, will take the Buckeyes back to their roots as they play host to the 2004 Wonder/Hostess Buckeye Classic in historic St. John Arena.
An exhibition game vs. the Australian Institute of Sport Nov. 10 will open up the season. Two tournaments begin the 2004-05 campaign for a Buckeye squad that is returning four starters, including 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jessica Davenport and second team all-conference selection Caity Matter. Ohio State will be part of the 2004 Preseason WNIT Nov. 12-21 and will play host to the 2004 Wonder/Hostess Buckeye Classic Thanksgiving weekend.
The Buckeyes' first round of the Preseason WNIT will be vs. Bowling Green Nov. 12 in Value City Arena. If the Buckeyes win, round two will be vs. either Boston University or St. Joseph's in St. John Arena Nov. 14. Semifinal games and the championship contest will take place on campus sites to be determined Nov. 17 and either Nov. 20 or 21, respectively.
The 2004 Wonder/Hostess Buckeye Classic is scheduled to take place in St. John Arena before the Buckeyes take to the road for five of the seven games in December. In the tournament, Bradley will play Detroit in game one and Ohio State will face Yale in game two Nov. 27. The consolation and championship contests will take place Nov. 28 in St. John Arena.
A road trip to Ohio University Dec. 1 precedes to a 10-day break. Ohio State returns to action when it plays host to Big 12 opponent Nebraska Dec. 11. The Buckeyes play three consecutive games away vs. Penn, Dayton and in the Nike Classic at Oregon. UCLA and Ohio State play Dec. 21 in Value City Arena and the Buckeyes open Big Ten play at Penn State Dec. 30. After the New Year, OSU begins the home portion of the Big Ten Conference schedule vs. Purdue Jan. 2 and vs. Michigan State Jan. 6.
Liberty, a 2004 NCAA participant, and Ohio State will play Jan. 9 in Value City Arena before the Buckeyes travel to Michigan for a game Jan. 11. OSU takes on the Hawkeyes of Iowa Jan. 13 before competing in a rematch of the 2003 Big Ten/Big East Challenge game vs. Rutgers Jan. 16. The Rutgers game will be broadcast on ESPN2. Ohio State travels west to face Indiana Jan. 20 before playing host to Northwestern Jan. 23. Foster's team then heads back on the road to face Wisconsin and Illinois, Jan. 27 and 30, respectively.
The Buckeyes open February with Big Ten games vs. Indiana (Feb. 6) and Michigan (Feb. 10). After a trip to Iowa Feb. 13, Ohio State plays host to 2004 Final Four participant Minnesota and then heads out again for the final two road trips of the year at Michigan State Feb. 20 and at Purdue Feb. 24. There is a possibility the Buckeye-Spartan matchup will be broadcast on ESPN2. The final regular-season game will be a battle with defending Big Ten champion Penn State Feb. 27 in Value City Arena.
Postseason play will begin with the annual Big Ten tournament, which takes place March 3-7 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The 2004 NCAA Final Four will also be held in Indianapolis at the RCA Dome April 3 and 5.
Additional games will be televised and the Big Ten Conference will release that information later this fall. Time and dates are subject to change for all games.2004-05 Ohio State Women's Basketball Schedule
10 Wed. *Australian Institute of Sport 7 p.m.
12 Fri. Bowling Green (Preseason WNIT) 7 p.m.
14 Sun. !@Boston University/St. Joe's (Preseason WNIT) 2 p.m.
17 Wed. @WNIT Semifinals TBD
20 or 21 Sat. or Sun. @WNIT Finals TBD
27 Sat. 2004 Wonder/Hostess Buckeye Classic
!Bradley vs. Detroit 1 p.m.
!Yale vs. Ohio State 3 p.m.
28 Sun. 2004 Wonder/Hostess Buckeye Classic
!Consolation Game 1 p.m.
!Championship Game 3 p.m.
1 Wed. at Ohio TBD
11 Sat. Nebraska 2 p.m.
13 Mon. at Pennsylvania 7 p.m.
15 Wed. at Dayton TBD
18 Sat. ^at Oregon TBD
21 Tues. UCLA 7 p.m.
30 Thurs. at Penn State 7 p.m.
2 Sun. Purdue 2 p.m.
6 Thurs. Michigan State 7 p.m.
9 Sun. Liberty University 2 p.m.
11 Tues. at Michigan 7 p.m.
13 Thurs. Iowa 7 p.m.
16 Sun. #Rutgers 3 p.m.
20 Thurs. at Indiana 7 p.m.
23 Sun. Northwestern 2 p.m.
27 Thurs. at Wisconsin 7 p.m.
30 Sun. at Illinois 2 p.m.
6 Sun. Indiana 2 p.m.
10 Thurs. Michigan 7 p.m.
13 Sun. at Iowa 2 p.m.
17 Thurs. Minnesota 7 p.m.
20 Sun. at Michigan State 2 p.m.
24 Thurs. at Purdue 7 p.m.
27 Sun. Penn State 2 p.m.
3-7 Thurs.-Mon. Big Ten Tournament - Indianapolis TBD
Additional television games and times will be announced at a later date.
All Times are Eastern Standard Time
! Played at St. John Arena
@2004 Preseason WNIT (Must win game before to advance)
# ESPN2; Big Ten/Big East Challenge