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Aug. 16, 2000

The 2000-2001 University of Tulsa women's basketball schedule features seven postseason tournament teams from a year ago, dates with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts and Arkansas, and TU will host the 2001 Western Athletic Conference Tournament. These games highlight the 2000-2001 schedule as announced today by TU Director of Athletics Judy MacLeod.

Tulsa will play 13 regular season home games at the Donald W. Reynolds Center, three games at the Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts and one game less than two hours from the TU campus at the University of Arkansas.

The seven postseason teams from last year include four NCAA Tournament participants, Oklahoma, who advanced to the "Sweet Sixteen", San Diego, and WAC foes Rice and SMU. The three Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) squads are Arkansas, Colorado State and WAC rival Hawai`i.

"We have a very competitive schedule this season," Tulsa Head Coach Kathy McConnell-Miller said. "Although we lost some great players to graduation and only have two returning starters, our newcomers bring a lot of energy to the team. The exhibition games will be very important for us."

The Hurricane will look to a challenging non-conference schedule to prepare it for the always-tough WAC slate.

TU begins the season on the south end of Tulsa at ORU's Mabee Center. In the season opener for TU, the Hurricane faces Oklahoma (Nov. 17) in the first game of the 2000 Bertha Teague Classic, which is hosted by Oral Roberts. A day later, Tulsa battles Oklahoma State. The Sooners are coming off a NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" season, while the Hurricane defeated the Cowgirls at last year's Bertha Teague Classic.

The Hurricane squares off against New Orleans in the home opener on Nov. 22. TU only road game of the month is Creighton on Nov. 25 in Omaha, Neb. The Hurricane then closes out the November slate on the 29th in a first-time meeting against Western Michigan at the Reynolds Center.

"The Bertha Teague Classic is a great in-state rivalry for OU, OSU, ORU and TU because it features the best teams, players and coaches in the state of Oklahoma. Our first game against Oklahoma should give us an indication of where we are and where we need to be," McConnell-Miller said.

Tulsa opens the month of December at home against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 9. The game will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Hurricane treks to Fort Collins, Colo., on Dec. 17 to face Colorado State, and then storms into San Diego to battle the Toreros on Dec. 20. Tulsa concludes the 2000 portion of the season at home against Duquesne on Dec. 30.

The Golden Hurricane makes its second trip across town to face Oral Roberts on Jan. 2. In fact, Tulsa plays seven of its first 10 games in the city of Tulsa - four at home and three at the Mabee Center. In early January, Tulsa makes its first visit to Fayetteville, Ark., in 15 years. The Hurricane and the Lady Razorbacks meet on Jan. 5 at Bud Walton Arena. - more - page 2 TU Releases 2000-01 Women's Basketball Slate

After facing four 2000 postseason teams during non-conference action, Tulsa opens the 2001 league tilt on the road against defending WAC Tournament Champion Rice on Jan. 11 in Houston, Texas.

Tulsa opens the first of two three-game homestands during the conference season. The Hurricane battles San Jose State in the WAC home opener for TU on Jan. 14. Two days later on Jan. 16, Hawai`i visits the Reynolds Center. Tulsa concludes the three-game homestand against UTEP on Jan. 21.

From a three-game homestand to a three-game road swing, TU travels the "friendly skies" to such destinations as TCU (Jan. 23), Hawai`i (Jan. 26) and finally to San Jose State (Jan. 28).

Tulsa returns home to begin its second series of three straight home games when it meets up with TCU on Jan. 2. Defending regular season WAC Champion SMU invades the Reynolds Center on Jan. 4. Tulsa winds up the three-game stanza with its final non-conference opponent of the season, UMKC, on Feb. 9.

On Feb. 11 in El Paso, Texas, Tulsa squares off against UTEP to begin another three-game swing on the road. The Hurricane then makes scheduled stops at Fresno State (Feb. 16) and finally on to new WAC member Nevada on Feb. 18. The Tulsa-Nevada game will mark the first meeting between the two schools.

TU concludes the month of February with a home game against Rice (Feb. 23) and then a short jaunt to SMU on Feb. 25.

As March begins, Tulsa winds down the regular season on its home floor vs. Fresno State on March 1 and the regular season finale against Nevada on March 3.

"I think Rice, SMU and Hawai`i are playing at their own level. All three schools, especially Rice and SMU, have moved the WAC in a very positive direction. Each school has had great success in recent years and will continue to succeed. But, I do think Tulsa, Fresno State and TCU are very up-and-coming teams that will contend for the WAC title," McConnell-Miller said.

The WAC Tournament opens at the Reynolds Center March 6, and will continue through the championship games on March 10.

"Hosting the WAC Tournament on our floor is a tremendous advantage for us. We need to win our home games, steal some games on the road and put ourselves in good position to win the WAC Championship on our home floor," McConnell-Miller said.

Fans can catch an early glimpse of the Hurricane during its two preseason exhibition games on Nov. 8 and 12 when TU will host foreign squads hosted by the Basketball Travelers.