Three NCAA, Two WNIT Teams Highlight Tulsa Women's Basketball 2003-04 Slate
Aug. 27, 2003
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The 2003-04 University of Tulsa women's basketball schedule features eight games against 2003 postseason tournament teams, dates with regional rivals Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts, and 15 regular season home games at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. These games highlight the 2003-04 schedule as announced today by TU Director of Athletics Judy MacLeod.
Tulsa squares off against a total of five 2003 postseason teams, including NCAA teams Arkansas, Duke and Western Athletic Conference member Louisiana Tech. The WNIT squads include a possible matchup with Missouri and WAC members Hawaii and Fresno State. TU squares off against Louisiana Tech, Hawaii and Fresno State twice during the conference portion of the 2003-04 schedule.
"Our non-conference schedule continues to create strong regional rivalries for our program," McConnell-Miller said. "We have also been able to maintain our series with each of the Division I schools in the state, while at the same time challenging some of the nation's top teams."
For the third time in the last four seasons, Tulsa will begin the regular season at the annual Bertha Teague Classic. However, unlike in years past, the Classic will be a one-day event. On November 22 in Norman, Okla., Tulsa will take on Oklahoma State. TU is 2-2 against OSU in the Bertha Teague Classic.
The Golden Hurricane will face cross-town rival Oral Roberts in the home opener for TU on Dec. 1 at the Reynolds Center. The two teams will battle for the second annual Mayor's Cup Trophy. ORU edged Tulsa last season at the Mabee Center to claim the inaugural trophy.
TU will make its first trip out of the state when it travels to Columbia, Mo., to participate in the Unilever Tournament on the campus of the University of Missouri. Tulsa will battle UAB in the opening game on Dec. 5 and return to the court a day later on Dec. 6 to take on either Missouri or Alcorn State.
The Hurricane returns home in early December to take on Arkansas on Dec. 9. The Arkansas game will be the first of five home games for the Hurricane in December.
A year ago, Duke was the top-ranked team in the nation when it visited the Reynolds Center. TU will make the return trip this season and visit historic Cameron Indoor Stadium when it battles the Blue Devils on Dec. 14.
After a brief break for finals, the Golden Hurricane will close out the month of December with four straight home games and will also begin the New Year with two home games for a six-game home stanza. TU begins the homestand against UMKC on Dec. 21. TU has won its last two outings against the Kangaroos, including a 45-point victory over UMKC in the last meeting between the two teams in the Reynolds Center during the 2000-01 season. - more - Page 2 of 2 Three NCAA, Three WNIT Teams Highlight Tulsa Women's Basketball 2003-04 Slate
Two days after the UMKC contest, Tulsa meets Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at home on Dec. 23. The game will mark the first of nine contests for Tulsa against schools from the state of Texas.
Tulsa closes out the month of December with home dates against Texas-Pan American on Dec. 28 and Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 31. TU captured a 70-35 win over the Lady Broncs a year ago in Edinburg, Texas, while the Tulsa-SFA contest will mark the first meeting between the schools since the 1982-83 campaign.
For the third time in the last five seasons, Tulsa will open WAC play at home. The Hurricane begins its conference season against two-time defending WAC champion Louisiana Tech on Jan. 3. Last season, the Lady Techsters advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" before bowing out. Two days later on Jan. 5, Tulsa tangles with SMU at the Reynolds Center. The Golden Hurricane is 3-1 against the Mustangs over the past two seasons.
Tulsa begins a three-game road swing, its longest of the season, at UTEP on Jan. 8. Since the 1999-2000 campaign, the Hurricane owns a 7-1 mark against the Lady Miners. TU then travels to Boise State on Jan. 10 and will look to increase its overall record in the series to 4-1. The Hurricane concludes the road trip in Houston, Texas, on Jan. 17 against Rice. TU and Rice have split the last four seasons at 4-4.
On Jan. 22, the Hurricane hooks up with the Wolf Pack of Nevada in the Reynolds Center. Since Nevada swept TU during the 2000-01 campaign, Tulsa has rebounded with four straight victories in the series. Tulsa faces WAC Tournament runner-up Fresno State at home on Jan. 24. The Golden Hurricane leads the all-time series with the Bulldogs, 6-4.
The Hurricane closes out the month of January and concludes the first half of conference play with its longest road trip of the year. Tulsa will make the jaunt to San Jose State for a Jan. 29 date with the Spartans and then make its way to sunny Honolulu, Hawaii, to face the Rainbow Wahine on Jan. 31. Although TU and SJSU split last season's two meetings, the Hurricane maintains a 7-6 advantage in the overall series.
Tulsa opens the month of February with three straight home games, including dates against Boise State (Feb. 5), UTEP (Feb. 7) and against Rice on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14).
The Hurricane will close league play with four of its final six games on the road. Tulsa ventures to Fresno, Calif., the host site for the 2004 WAC Tournament, to play Fresno State on Feb. 19. Two days later on Feb. 21, TU makes the trip to Reno, Nevada to meet the Wolf Pack.
Home games against Hawaii on Feb. 26 and San Jose State on Feb. 28 will close the month of February for the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa will complete the regular season with a pair of road games at SMU on March 4 and at Louisiana Tech on March 6.
"Since my first season at Tulsa, the WAC has continued to improve each year. Our preseason schedule is very tough and designed to help us prepare for the caliber of the teams in our conference from top to bottom," McConnell-Miller said.
Fans can catch an early glimpse of the Hurricane during its two exhibition games on Nov. 13 when TU will host Cameron University and on Nov. 18 when Tulsa hosts 101 Percent Basketball.
The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane 2003-04 Women's Basketball Schedule
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