Aug. 16, 2004
View the entire Iowa women’s basketball 2004-05 schedule The 2004-05 Iowa women’s basketball schedule was released today. Iowa’s schedule looks to be just as challenging as last season’s 14th-ranked schedule. The Hawkeyes have the potential to play 11 teams that competed in 2004 post-season tournaments, including five from the Big Ten Conference that participated in the NCAA Championship. Before the regular season tips off, Iowa will host two exhibition contests in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes will host Australian Institute of Sport and Truman State. Iowa returns seven experienced letterwinners, including third team all-Big Ten honoree Jamie Cavey. For the third consecutive season, Iowa will tip-off its season at home in the annual KCRG TV-9 Hawkeye Challenge. Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois and Missouri will join the Hawkeyes in the four-team field. The Hawkeyes’ other non-conference home games include dates with Western Illinois, Marquette and in-state rivals Iowa State and Northern Iowa. Iowa will make their first-ever trip to the Bahamas and compete in the Junkanoo Jam. The four-team field includes Akron, Florida and Oklahoma. The Hawkeyes’ road non-conference contests include trips to Creighton, Drake and UW-Milwaukee. The Big Ten portion of the schedule includes single games with Penn State, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Purdue, with the Lady Lions and Badgers playing in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes are slated to play Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State twice. “Overall, I think our schedule is similar to last season,” said Bluder. “Again we’re playing Iowa State, Drake, Creighton, Northern Iowa and Marquette and we’ve added the Bahamas tournament, Florida and possibly Oklahoma – both very good basketball teams. There’s a possibility that our schedule will be just as good, if not better than last year.” Post-season play begins with the annual Big Ten Tournament (Mar. 3-7) held at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. The 2005 NCAA Final Four (Apr. 3-5) will also be held in Indianapolis at the RCA Dome. The start times are tentative and subject to change. The Big Ten Conference Office has not released the regional television schedule, which could change the start times of some Iowa game(s). In addition to Iowa games being televised by the Big Ten, Hawkeye fans can again expect some games to be televised locally on KCRG TV-9. Iowa’s television schedule will be released at a later date.