Aug. 12, 2004
PARK RIDGE, IL - Highlighted by eight games on national television, the 2004-05 Big Ten women's basketball television schedule was released today by Conference officials.
Penn State, the 2004 Conference champion, will take to the court in the first of six League regular season matchups on ESPN2, when the Lady Lions face Texas in the prestigious State Farm Women's Tip-Off Classic. The game will be played on Saturday, November 14, in Austin, Texas, at 4 p.m. ET. Last year, the Lady Lions hosted then-No. 2 Texas during the regular season and defeated the Longhorns, 79-59. Penn State finished its season ranked fifth nationally with a 28-6 record, after earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
Coming off its first Final Four appearance in school history, Minnesota makes its 2004-05 television debut when the Gophers host another 2004 Final Four squad, LSU, on Tuesday, December 14. National player of the year candidates Janel McCarville of Minnesota and LSU's Seimone Augustus will battle head-to-head when the two teams meet on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET.
On Saturday, January 8, CBS will be in Madison, Wisconsin, to televise the noon EST tip-off featuring the Badgers and Penn State. Last year in Madison, UW nearly upset the then-No. 9 Lady Lions, but fell in the final seconds of the game, 60-59.
The second annual Big Ten/Big East Challenge includes two Conference teams on ESPN2 on Saturday, January 16. Purdue, the defending Big Ten Tournament Champion, plays at Notre Dame at 5 p.m. ET in a rematch of last year's Challenge contest, which the Boilermakers won at home, 76-63. The two programs are no strangers to each other, as both teams battled in the 2001 NCAA Championship Final, which Notre Dame won 68-66. Since that matchup, Purdue has won the last four games. Preceding the Purdue vs. Notre Dame contest, Ohio State hosts Rutgers at 3 p.m. ET. In last year's inaugural Challenge, Rutgers upended the Buckeyes, 56-53, in Piscataway, N.J.
Purdue will travel to Minnesota on Sunday, February 13, for a 5 p.m. ET tip-off on ESPN2. A large crowd is expected at Williams Arena as the Boilermakers and Gophers ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, among national attendance leaders in 2002-03. The two teams combined for an average of nearly 10,000 fans at each of their home games last year.
On Sunday, February 20, ESPN2 will televise Ohio State at Michigan State, or opt for its "wildcard" selection.
ESPN2's coverage of Big Ten women's basketball concludes with the championship game of the 2005 Conference Tournament. This year's final will be played on Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m. ET.
Additional Conference games will be televised regionally throughout the year, including postseason play. Dates and times for those games will be announced in the coming weeks.
A complete list of Big Ten women's basketball games televised on CBS and ESPN2 follows.
2004-05 Big Ten Women's Basketball Television Schedule
|Penn State at Wisconsin||Sat., January 8||Noon EST/11 a.m. CST|
|Penn State at Texas||Sat., November 14||4 p.m. ET|
|LSU at Minnesota||Tues., December 14||7 p.m. ET|
|Big Ten/Big East Challenge|
|Rutgers at Ohio State||Sat., January 16||3 p.m. ET|
|Purdue at Notre Dame||Sat., January 16||5 p.m. ET|
|Purdue at Minnesota||Sun., February 13||5 p.m. ET|
|Wildcard or Ohio State at Michigan State||Sun., February 20||TBD|
|Tournament Final||Monday, March 7||7 p.m. ET|
NOTE: Schedule Subject to Change