Big Ten Conference Announces 30-Game Television Lineup for 2004-05 Women's Basketball Season
Sept. 22, 2004
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - In addition to the eight nationally televised games released last month, the Big Ten Conference office announced today that 22 women's basketball contests have been selected for regional coverage on FSN Chicago. A total of 30 games, which include all 10 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament contests, will be televised during the 2004-05 season.
Two-time defending regular season champion Penn State leads all Big Ten teams in air-time as the Lady Lions will be televised in front of a national or regional audience at least seven times this season. Purdue, which has captured the League's postseason tournament the past two years, will join 2004 Final Four participant Minnesota on the small screen a minimum of six times each.
FSN Chicago will begin its 2004-05 Big Ten coverage on Thursday, December 30, with Ohio State opening the Conference season at Penn State at 8 p.m. EST. The Buckeyes will appear in FSN Chicago's second televised game as well, as they welcome Michigan State to Columbus on Thursday, January 6 at 8 p.m. EST.
Throughout the month of January, in which seven games will be televised regionally, FSN Chicago will air two marquee matchups in State College, with Purdue at Penn State on Thursday, January 20 at 8 p.m. EST, and Minnesota traveling to face the Lady Lions on Sunday, January 30 at 1 p.m. EST.
Prior to its Big Ten Tournament coverage, FSN Chicago will also televise a wildcard game on the final day of the regular season, Sunday, February 27.
While ESPN2 will televise the championship final of the 2005 Conference Tournament, FSN Chicago will air all nine games during the first, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.
As announced in August, eight Big Ten contests will be aired before a national audience on CBS and ESPN2.
CBS will carry the Penn State at Wisconsin game on Saturday, January 8 at Noon EST/11 a.m. CST in what could be a packed Kohl Center. The Lady Lions ranked eighth in the nation in overall attendance last year with 232,049 fans in 34 games (6,824 per game), while Wisconsin ranked 13th in home attendance with just over 6,300 fans per game. Last year in Madison, UW nearly upset the then-No. 9 Lady Lions, but fell in the final seconds of the game, 60-59.
ESPN2 begins its coverage of Conference teams on Sunday, November 14, when Penn State opens its season at Texas in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic. Ohio State and Purdue will each have their Big Ten/Big East Challenge games televised by ESPN2 on Saturday, January 16, while the Boilermakers will also gain national exposure when they travel to Minnesota for a 5 p.m. EST tip on Sunday, February 13.
A complete list of all Big Ten women's basketball games televised on CBS, ESPN2 and FSN Chicago follows.
2004-05 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Television Schedule
NOTE: Schedule Subject to Change